ABM Case Study – Change Management Approach

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During the Situation Analysis phase of the ABM Health Check Engagement Simulation, the Change Management team focused on developing a good understanding of the human capital and change related concerns.  Out of the 51 clarified concerns related to the ABM case study, 23 concerns were People related including retention, high employee dissatisfaction, poor communications, unstructured performance management processes and almost non-existent employee development and succession planning practices.  The 23 concerns were classified by seriousness, urgency, and growth and the top concerns were identified and prioritized.

Due to the high number of concerns and the limited resources that ABM would have to address all the concerns at once, the Change Management team decided to take a more holistic approach to the analysis and step back to build an overall current state picture of the organization before diving into making any  recommendations or developing the roadmap.  The method that the Change Management team will be using for this holistic approach is the “Competing Values Framework” developed by Kim S. Cameron and Robert E. Quinn.  This framework focuses on “Culture” and provides a very good tool to help organizations analyze their current culture type and define the desired culture that will work for them to turn around their organization and achieve success.

According to the Competing Values Framework, there are four major culture types: Hierarchy, Market, Clan, and Adhocracy.  The more an organization’s dominant culture matches with its leadership styles, management roles, human capital practices, and quality management strategies the more effective and successful the organization is.  The other finding of Cameron’s and Quinn’s research is that organizations tend to go through cultural changes as they grow and mature.  To the extent that an organization can define its desired future culture, this change can be more methodical and organized as opposed to what ABM is currently experiencing.

In order to develop a roadmap and a set of recommendations for ABM, the Change Management team will start with a cultural analysis using the “Organizational Cultural Assessment Instrument” developed as part of the Competing Values Framework.  This assessment will be completed by ABM’s board of directors and will define each board member’s perspective on the current culture and desired culture for ABM.  Taking into consideration the agreed upon desired culture, the Change Management team will then work through the top concerns and develop a roadmap that addresses these concerns in a way that allows ABM to reach their desired culture.  The output of the cultural assessment can also be used by members of the SEAS’ Consulting Team in the Strategy & Innovation stream and the Enterprise Architecture stream.

Dima Khatib

Author: Dima Khatib

Dima is a senior change management and HR professional with 20+ years of experience in most aspects of HR management including HR strategic planning, organizational development, performance management, talent management, and learning and development. She also has extensive experience in organizational change management and internal communications. Throughout her career, Dima worked in both private and government sectors as well as in consulting for clients across several industries including consumer products, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, high tech, and heavy machinery. Dima is an experienced and engaging public speaker at conferences in the United States and the United Arab Emirates on the topics of change management, learning, and development. Speaking engagements include ASTD conferences, IPQC Conferences, and ACMP Global and Middle East conferences.

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