We know that Change Management, by its very name, involves management
of changes. These changes occur within an organizational setting,
meaning changes do not occur within a vacuum.
There are certain elements that come into play when a Change
Management process is introduced into an organization. These elements
are called Functions, Goals, Resources, Environment, and Principles.
Functions refers to the purpose of the project, or what products or
services are expected to be produced by the organization should the
project be successful. Any project has to serve a specific purpose
(function) or else it is a meaningless project.
Goals refers to the specific change or changes that the project aims
to put into play or set in place. It differs from function in that a
function would be the reason the project exists while a goal would be
the objective that the project aims to accomplish.
Resources can be defined as the scalability and the capacity of the
change management project. Will the project succeed as it is
currently designed to do? Or are there other elements that have to be
tweaked around first before the project can accomplish its goals and
fulfill its function?
Environment refers to the elements in the surroundings of the
organization, or perhaps the components of the organization itself,
which may be influenced by the project outcome. Since the change
management project does not exist in a vacuum, the environment may
also affect the project too, in turn.
Principles is concerned with function in a way, since it tries to
foresee whether the functions will be affected in any way. You can
say a basic principle of a change management project is that it
should not hamper the function or functions in any manner, or else we
can say the principle of the project has been violated somehow.