Planning for Change, some evidence. Here’s a little follow up to my post, “Baking in” SCD.
I’ve been forwarded this link which is exceptional in it’s brevity and information. I suggest anyone in HE should read it’s from the, “Leadership foundation for Higher Education” and is called, “Adaptive capability in higher education institutions“.
It looks at 4 Universities and they change they went through with details from staff at all levels involved.
Some of the major points I thought were interesting.
- Enterprise Enablers – in Plymouth Uni. 60 people who were enthusiastic about the changes from across the spectrum of the University. These people helped champion the change from all walks of the University staffing.
- Town Hall meetings – Places to have open and frank discussions about the changes with the VC’s and people at the top.
- Details reports on the actual state of the University – Senior staff having access to the correct information
- A reason – The changes reported as successful had or created an urgent need
- Removal of staff – Blindly reducing the headcount, left staff un-happy. But involving the unions, discussing reduced working hours and structural changes left staff with a better morale
- Students suffer – There’s a massive tripartide relationship at Universities between Academics, Staff and Students. Balancing changes appeared to adversily affect the students.