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Title: Gauging the readiness of an institution of higher education to implement change in its distance education program in ways that are consistent with the paradigm of organizational agility
Authors: Charnitski, Christina Wotell
Keywords: Distance education;Organizational change;Education
Issue Date: 7-Nov-2002
Publisher: Drexel University
Abstract: The democratization of finance, information, and technology has created a new global reality that affects every dimension of society and has transformed the competitive context. In this new reality, higher education is losing its monopoly as a credentialing agent, and it has become vulnerable to market forces from which it has been traditionally insulated. The majority of institutions of higher education have developed distance education programs to create market opportunities; however, in many cases these programs depend upon traditional organizational and communicative structures that are inconsistent with the new competitive environment. To implement change that will support competitive distance education programs will require the restructure of many traditional organizational and communicative structures to make institutional responses faster, more flexible and customizing, and where needed, collaborative. Research suggests that it makes fiscal and organizational sense to determine the readiness of an organization to change prior to attempts to implement change. The purpose of this study is to design an evaluation tool that can be used by post-secondary institutions to gauge their readiness to implement agile change with respect to the design and implementation of their distance education programs by examining the cultural context of an institution vis-à-vis trust and readiness factors as they relate to the dimensions of organizational agility.
URI: http://dspace.library.drexel.edu/handle/1860/25
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