hairylunch (hairylunch) wrote,

Institutional Change

How does one cause organizations to see changes as necessary? This question keeps coming up. I believe it's hard to sell change, since most people are happy with things the way they are, things are good enough. The promise of something that may be better, isn't enough to cause them to change. For a techie example, this could explain the slow adoption of Bluetooth. Extending the Bluetooth example, it seems that it's been taking off a bit more recently, with more phones, keyboards, mice, supporting it. So, for something to survice does it need big backers (i.e. Microsoft, Apple, and Nokia with regards to Bluetooth). Or maybe it's just the fact that there isn't a killer application yet? Some argue that Apple was responsible for finally getting USB mainstreamed by making that the only option on the iMacs. On the other hand, maybe computer technology had just gotten to the point where ADB and PS/2 weren't cutting it anymore? Maybe things just were replaced in a survival of the fittest type model?

I ask these questions as I keep running up against resistance to change in the work I do. This includes stupid office politics, teachers and technology, non-profit organizations/collaborations, etc.

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