Fings ain’t wot they used to be

Tim Dunne (Senior Consultant with the Salomons Centre, a Consultancy specializing in the public sector, based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK. His background is in both occupational and clinical psychology and his areas of interest and expertise include change management, organizational development, assessment centres, training and research)

Management Development Review

ISSN: 0962-2519

Publication date: 1 December 1996


Change is a constant of organizational life today, so we are told. Yet few, if any, writers on the subject define what they mean by change. It is assumed that all change is the same. Sets out to correct this omission in the literature by describing first two, and then three, types of change with the aim of clarifying what managers and other professionals concerned with this subject need to take into account when planning a change intervention. Without proper understanding of the type of change that is being planned, poor diagnosis and inadequate formulation and implementation will result. Finally, implications for organizations are spelt out and a distinction between changes and transitions is made, which, it is hoped, will enable managers to understand some of the frustrations about change when things do not go as planned.



Dunne, T. (1996), "Fings ain’t wot they used to be", Management Development Review, Vol. 9 No. 7, pp. 5-10.

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