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12 types of change an organization can experience

Recently, I came to the realization that there are many situations in Latvia that would require the activation of a change management and communication algorithm, but are considered simple business or management processes.

That's why I decided to collect 12 types of change with examples from the international environment to get people thinking about what change is.

1. Fundamental or radical changes

Large-scale operational change that affects the entire organization.


For example: the company outgrows the local market and starts exporting; the company begins to be listed on the stock exchange.


2. Incremental change

Small improvements that are made in the daily working mode.

For example: transition from printed to electronic leave applications m.

3. Developmental changes

Increases organizational capacity without making significant changes in structure or processes.

For example: management decides to switch from customer records in an Excel spreadsheet to a CRM system.

4. Unplanned changes

Appears to solve problems, threats or challenges that the organization discovers.

For example: Covid pandemic emergency

5. Transformative changes

Involves redefining the organization's vision, principles, processes, direction, products and services.

For example: approval and implementation of a new development strategy.

6. Process and system changes

Changes in information flows, resource deployment to optimize how an organization creates and sustains value.

For example: creating or correcting/developing an internal communication system.

7. Human & cultural changes

Change to change the way people communicate with each other, motivate each other, deal with problems and work in teams.

For example: bringing to life or redefining the values of the organization; changing/introduction of new cooperation principles; change of managers.

8. Structural changes

Changes in the organizational hierarchy. The arrangement of authorities and the characteristics of the structure are changing

For example: reorganizations, as a result of which the structure, roles, functions change.

9. Merger / Takeover

Integration of two or more organizations with different cultures, systems, values and work practices.

For example: a company buys another company or is itself bought.

10. Separation

Involves building new leadership capacity, processes and competencies to enable two or more business units that have previously worked as one to continue to do so independently.

For example: one company is split into two or more companies. A structural unit becomes a separate legal entity.

11. Downsizing

Involves deliberate downsizing, usually an organizational response to environmental pressures to become more productive and efficient.

For example: management decides to close an unprofitable branch.

12. Moving to another location

The company's operations are physically carried out in another location.

For example: a company's office lease expires and management decides to switch to 100% remote work or flexible workplaces.


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