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Lesson 6. Understanding Your Company > The Politics of Change - Pg. 28

Understanding Your Company 28 · Styles of leadership--Leaders who embrace a team approach are more willing to consider and implement changes in philosophy and organizational structure than those who are more au- thoritarian in manner. · Outside economic conditions--The company has little or no control over these forces that pro- voke change. For example, the World Trade Organization can make a ruling that bars the import of your type of product to Asia. Assuming that the company fails an appeal to such a decision, it must opt to find other markets and reduce or completely eliminate production of that item. · Natural disasters--Mother Nature can provoke change whether or not it is wanted. For example, a tornado can destroy a local plant, and the owner must decide whether to rebuild. In either case, there is change. · Technology--In more recent times, this sector has dramatically influenced organizational struc- ture. The computer has definitely eliminated many jobs once classified as clerical and adminis- trative. · Opportunity--Whether won or lost, opportunity affects change. The results are growth, down- sizing, or closure. · Government legislation--Legal regulations are so often interpreted by business as interference, or increased accountability and paperwork. Caution New laws are usually followed by changes in procedure for reasons including accountability to government agencies, environmental impact, employee work conditions, and other work- place regulations. · Joint ventures--Mergers and acquisitions undeniably result in some changes of workplace pro- cedure, organizational structures, and job descriptions.