THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE MANAGEMENT PROCESS IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES: A CRITICAL ANALYSISDownload This Article
Mbongeni A. Mdletye, Jos Coetzee, Wilfred Isioma Ukpere
Change management research has become a critical focus area for change scholars because of the low success rate in change implementation. This exposition of how the transformational change process has been managed at the Department of Correctional Service was meant to show managers, particularly in the said department, that unless managers pay serious attention to certain critical aspects which must form part of the change management process, no real change would be attained. This becomes critical if one considers that there is still a long way to go in the process of transformation to the philosophy of rehbilitation, namely transforming correctional centres to effective institutions of offender rehabilitation. There is currently limited literature on organisational change approaches that are people-oriented. The available literature seems to focus more on the technical aspects (hard issues such as structures, systems and practices) in terms of change management at the expense of people issues (soft issues such as the human factors). It has been argued that the neglect of people issues in the management of organisational change processes is responsible for the high failure rate in change implementation. For purposes of contextualising transformational change management within the setting of the Department of Correctional Services, an extensive literature study was undertaken. This was followed by an empirical analysis of data collected through survey questionnaires from correctional officials and offenders respectively. The research established that there were strong and weak points in the DCS transformational change management process from the perspective of both research participants.
Key Words: Change, Transformational Change, Management, Leadership, Organisational Culture
How to cite this paper: Mdletye, M. A., Coetzee, J., & Ukpere, W. I. (2014). The strengths and weaknesses of the transformational change management process in the South African department of correctional services: A critical analysis. Journal of Governance and Regulation, 3(4-2), 223-234. https://doi.org/10.22495/jgr_v3_i4_c2_p10