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Author NameSullivan, Michael Alan
URNetd-1222100-114755
TitleAn Instrument to Assess Organizational Change Capabilities for E-Business Transformation
DegreeMS
DepartmentManagement
Advisors
  • Dr. Chickery Kasouf, Advisor
  • Dr. Frank Noonan, Committee Member
  • Edward Gonsalves, Committee Member
  • Keywords
  • organizational change
  • e-business
  • Date of Presentation/Defense2000-12-21
    Availability unrestricted

    Abstract

    This thesis investigates organizational change strategies for e-business transformation. It proposes an instrument to measure the strength of a company's organizational change capabilities to make this transformation.

    Most "brick and mortar" business in the year 2000 are faced with a massive wave of change associated with the Internet. It is impacting the fundamental rules of business and changing their relationship with customers, suppliers and how work gets done. Firms that successfully make an e-business transformation will be rewarded with growth and strong returns. Many of those who are unable to change will not survive in the long run.

    A fundamental issue in e-business transformation is disruptive organizational change. A review of the academic literature identifies ten dimensions of organizational change capability that can increase the probability that a company can make a successful disruptive organizational change. These include: emotional unifying vision; use of symbols; enabling the free flow of emotions; providing a transition to the past; creating a playful environment; change infrastructure; first line supervisor buy-in; project management; training; and the reward system.

    An expert panel was surveyed to get their opinion on the dimensions. Dimensions were added and altered based on these opinions. An instrument was proposed to uncover these dimensions. It was reviewed by an expert panel, and then was then edited based on their feedback.

    It was found that the opinions of the expert panel were highly correlated with the dimensions identified in the academic literature. The instrument has a reasonable chance to measure the strength of an organization's change capabilities to make an e-business transformation. Further research could apply this instrument with a representative group of companies to determine the strength of each dimension.

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