The role of organizational change in the effective functioning of organizations. Case study: the context of the proposed organizational changes in the National (Hellenic) Civil Protection System.

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Κατεύθυνση Στρατηγικές Διαχείρισης Καταστροφών και Κρίσεων στους Διοικητικούς και Αναπτυξιακούς Τομείς
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1. Επιβλέπων: Δρ Λέκκας Ευθύμιος, Καθηγητής, Τμήμα Γεωλογίας και Γεωπεριβάλλοντος, ΕΚΠΑ.
2. 2ο Μέλος: Δρ Νάστος Παναγιώτης, Καθηγητής, Τμήμα Γεωλογίας και Γεωπεριβάλλοντος, ΕΚΠΑ.
3. 3ο Μέλος: Δρ Αναστασάκης Γεώργιος, Καθηγητής, Τμήμα Γεωλογίας και Γεωπεριβάλλοντος, ΕΚΠΑ.
Original Title:
Ο ρόλος της οργανωσιακής αλλαγής στην αποτελεσματική λειτουργία των οργανισμών. Μελέτη περίπτωσης: το πλαίσιο των προτεινόμενων οργανωσιακών αλλαγών στο Εθνικό (Ελληνικό) Σύστημα Πολιτικής Προστασίας.
Translated title:
The role of organizational change in the effective functioning of organizations. Case study: the context of the proposed organizational changes in the National (Hellenic) Civil Protection System.
The complexity, competition and variability which prevail in the modern socioeconomic, cultural and technological environment make organizations equally multidimensional and vulnerable as far as their effective functioning is concerned. That is why every organization in order to achieve positive results must readjust both to its organizational structure and functional procedures so as for its necessary evolution and development to be accomplished in its corresponding environment - internal and external- through the mechanism of organizational change (survival and function improvement of the organization through organizational changes). Within this context, a creative ‘example’ based on the new organic manner of perceiving and managing change, which is the organizational systems to be transformed mainly into learning organizations, must be developed and absorbed. Systems change when uncertainty and reorientation needs prevail in order for the new to be produced and applied through joint attempts of all parties involved.
Change usually starts either by big and crucial circumstances or by circumstances concerning a specific individual or group, which are regarded as the catalytic agents for the action towards the fulfillment of the change. Thus, the change is the transformation procedure of the way in which an individual, a group or an organization as a whole act, passing from one aggregate of courses of action and behaviours to another with a view to further improvement and effectiveness. The change is constantly produced as time lapses and in most cases means collision, which does not only produces innovation but also resistances and turnovers. Managing change is the organic aggregate mainly of thoughts, goals, plans and our actions, strategies, processes and methodologies developing gradually, evolutionally, systematically in an organized manner, which allows us -wholly or partly- or not to adjust effectively to the perpetual flow of change. As a result, effective management of change is required so as to overcome not only the causes and malfunctions but also the deflections which lead to the perpetuation of old mentalities, stereotyped thinking and organizational inactivity.
Organizations function within multiple environments (of time, internal and external) so they must continually achieve complete adjustment to the external environment and unification in their internal. Moreover, they have to be ready to react in order to seize opportunities and deal with unpredictable situations by using organizational knowledge. Besides, these attempts which are made are the quintessence of the Management of Organizational change, and this means complete understanding of how the parameters of organizational life react to the pressures of the multidimensional environment, that is how the change will bring better results through strategy, structure, functions and unofficial procedures.
The purpose of this master’s dissertation is to:
i) evince the importance of the role that the organizational change plays in the effective function of organizations by examining: a) the fundamental management functions, b) the change in organizations, c) the main factors which affect organizational change and d) the most fundamental approaches of managing organizational change and
ii) study the organizational changes suggested to the central administration and the administrative organization of the National Civil Protection System. More specifically, the proposed changes are included in the draft Law of the Ministry of Citizen Protection for the Civil Protection of our country, which due to the disastrous floods in Mandra Attica in November, 2017 and the fires in July, 2018 in East Attica proved that the existing operating system of General Secretariat for Civil Protection was in need of reconsideration, upgrade and reinforcement.
Main subject category:
Organization, Management, Organizational change, Models of managing change, Civil protection.
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