227559 Managing organizational change: Key competencies for public health leaders

Monday, November 8, 2010

Jon M. Thompson, PhD , Health Services Administration Program, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Leaders of public health organizations are tasked with many key responsibilities, including leading organizational change. Uncertain times and increased environmental demands on public health organizations have combined to create significant pressures for organizational change. It is widely understood that leaders need to have the competence and commitment to manage change, and lead their organizations to top performance.

This presentation addresses the important topic of managing organizational change and the role of leaders of public health organizations in leading organizational change. Drawing upon a review of the current literature on organizational change and the comments of key informants who serve in leadership roles in public health organizations, this presentation provides a conceptual understanding of the need for change, discusses the key characteristics and types of change,and identifies an approach leaders can use to manage change within their organizations. Key competencies leaders need to possess are described, as are the opportunities and barriers to successfully manage organizational change within public health organizations. Implications for public health organizational performance are discussed.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership

Learning Objectives:
1)Describe the types and nature of change 2)Identify a process for managing change in public health organizations 3)Describe key change management competencies needed by public health leaders

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have conducted research on this topic and have presented on various health administration topics at many professional meetings.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.