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`This is an exceptional book. It tempted me to throw out most of my collected works on the management of change, because the author has somehow succeeded by including almost every aspect of educational change that any practitioner would wish to consider....Overall this is a very stimulating book. It is packed with information and the ideas and concepts contained could pack a school development plan for many years' - School Leadership and Management The theories and practices from the literature on business, manufacturing and commerce which inform principles for managing change in education are identified in this book.The author shows how the complexity of change can be addressed effectively. O

The Context of Change
The context of change
Introduction

The industrialist Senge wrote that yesterday's solutions become today's problems (Senge, 1990: 57). This ‘soundbite’ indicates that change is inescapable, it is inbuilt into developing societies. Uncertainty and change are ubiquitous and the case for having to cope with change does not need to be made. The need to be able to live with change is one of the great truisms of the present day. Change is accelerating and the paradigms that are being used to analyse society are themselves changing (Dalin and Rust, 1996: 31). Hammer (1996: 105) suggests that new technologies are being used not to render existing practices more efficient – ‘paving the cow paths’ – but to revolutionize the way we think about things. There ...

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