TEAM WORK APPROACH TO STRATEGIES OF CHANGE MANAGEMENT IN SELECTED NIGERIAN MANUFACTURING FIRMS
AbstractThis study on team work approach to strategies of change management in selected Nigerian manufacturing firms focused on establishing the extent to which strategies for change management are compatible with teamwork approach to change. The study adopted the survey research design, in which ten (10) manufacturing companies in the South-Eastern Nigeria were studied. The population of the study was 13,623 and the sample size was 598. The sampling selection was the stratified sampling method. A self-developed structured questionnaire and oral interview guide were the research instruments used for the study. Data collected were presented descriptively using charts, simple frequency and percentage distribution, mean and standard deviation. The hypotheses were tested using the Chi-Square test statistic. The major findings of the study were that strategies for change management are significantly compatible with teamwork approach to change management in Nigerian manufacturing firms (X2cal = 13.78 > X2critical = 9.49, p < 0.05). In conclusion, successful organizations today know that teams make a big difference in achieving strategic change goals. Teams that are strong, flexible, and productive could be the competitive edge needed to produce better results, achieve higher quality, lower costs for the organization. Hence it is widely held that manufacturing firms that adopt teamwork approach to strategies of change management out-perform others that do not. Based on the findings, the study recommended among others that teamwork approach should be adopted by manufacturing firms as an integral concept within their organizations, particularly as interventionist strategy to the management of change.
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