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Strategic Options in Managing Change

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Thinking strategically as a management committee involves analysing the organisation’s internal and external environment and being responsive to change.  Sometimes the challenges which these present will require making some difficult decisions regarding activities, services or the overall role or function of the organisation.

In these circumstances, the committee must be able to stand back and take a strategic view of the options open to them.

What are my options?

Following are examples of strategic options, which could apply to services, activities or the overall function of the organisation.  Different strategies may be applied to different services according to need.

If change is needed, it is important to think through the pros and cons of each option for change, and always keep the vision and mission of the organisation at the forefront of your considerations.  The management committee must also think carefully about how they are going to manage the change process.

Useful links

Useful publications and good practice guidance for Management Committees and chief executives in the voluntary and community sector.

Charity Commission for Northern Ireland
Guidance provided on a range of topics.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
Provides guidance on a range of topics relevant to management committees under Trustee and Governance Information Centre.

Local training and support organisations