Leadership and Organizational Change: A Case Study

By Mike Devine.

Published by The Organization Collection

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Leadership within the context of rapid and pervasive change presents many challenges. This case study of organizational change as it relates to leadership styles presents data related to how leadership is viewed of first level management by front line social (N = 60) workers in a human services organization. The lack of transformative and transactional leadership may contribute to organizations where change has been a challenge over a longer period of time. Lessons learned from this case study may provide some direction to human services organizations that are contemplating change and the role of leadership in a changing organization.

Keywords: Leadership, Organizational Change, Transformative Leadership, Human Services Organizational Change

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp.89-102. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 653.745KB).

Dr. Mike Devine

Assistant Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Social Work, St. John's,, Newfoundland, Canada

Dr. Devine is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada). He has been a social work educator for over eleven (11) years. Dr. Devine has also worked in the field of social work practice of over 23 years as a front line social worker and manager. Dr. Devine received his Phd. in Social Work at Memorial University of Newfoundland in the Fall of 2006. His Phd thesis was in the area of organizational change in human services organizations. He continues to complete research and writing in this area of interest. In addition, Dr. Devine has an interest in research in the area of child welfare. He presently is undertaking research related to kinship care in child protection and child welfare. Dr. Devine has been involved in numerous community volunteer activities including local Church organizations, community development, home care, the homeless, and the elderly. In addition he has played leadership roles in an international project between the province of Newfoundland and Denmark in relation to Primary Health Care (from 1990 to 1993). In 1995, Dr. Devine received the “Canada Volunteer Award Certificate Of Merit”, in 1995, from the federal Minister of National Health and Welfare.


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