Strategic Business Development - LUMS Lancashire Forum
Professor Gerry Johnson asks if businesses can overcome inertia and barriers to change? Successful strategic development is possible. Have you the skills, competencies and expertise to help innovation?
If Gerry walked the talk in facilitating organisational change, he would have the answers.
Catherine Dobson, Mark Cutter and Eddy Jackson explored these questions before Gerry's presentation.
Catherine's Nature Walk around Lancaster University agenda was how SMEs may grow:
- Organizational learning is not just the sum of individual learning
- Tacit insights from everyone count
- The challenge is to exchange information, knowledge and understanding
- The full potential of individuals, teams and organisations is important for success.
- How do you overcome the fixed structure of authority, roles and responsibilities?
- That leads to the planned, managed and sustainable organizational development:
Catherine's postmodern tradition uses organisational learning as a discursive practice. She uses alternative space to facilitate interaction, interdependence and interconnections. This process allows for fresh insights:
- Higher order learning – double loop learning
- The process uses questioning and challenges the norms
- Challenging existing expectations
- Opening the participation of concerned individuals
- Leading to the generation of new knowledge and understanding.
The use of the 'Nature Walk' and alternative space create new dynamics. It is about the importance of action. Action that uses conversations to develop new insights. This process improves a specific situation. It focuses on questions and problems.
Positive psychology involves members of the community in shaping the change agenda. This is about individual, team and organisational processes.
They all learn by processing information. Understanding, insights and new behaviours may emerge. This benefits all concerned.
SMEs can overcome inertia and barriers to change through skilled facilitators.
Check out the audio recordings.