The basics of a network

A change network is...

  • A cross-functional network of people
  • A mechanism to foster two-way communication to ensure rapid and accurate dialogue
  • Comprised of individuals who influence positive change and are respected in their organization
  • A means to gain direct feedback (both formal and informal) on key deliverables and organizational readiness within the business
  • A tool to mitigate issues quickly and efficiently by identifying issues or risks early and by assisting users to effectively adopt change

Benefits of a change network

A change network is one of the main levers the Modernization Program is using to engage with its stakeholders. The benefits are many:

  • Facilitation of the change across the organization
  • Identification of issues on the ground and escalation for proactive resolution
  • Feedback on the communications campaign
  • Identification of key resistors to change
  • Assistance with managing change
  • Customization of the change delivery within administrative units
  • Acceleration of the realization of the program and of the value of the new processes, structures, and systems
  • Adoption enablement by involving a broad set of individuals in the change process and allowing the University to proactively leverage embedded strengths and momentum to build adoption and sustain future growth
  • Improved knowledge-sharing and effective decision making
  • Extension of the change management centralized team

Network structure

The Modernization Program’s Change Agent Network is comprised of change agents, who have subject matter expertise on, and insight into, the functionally impacted groups (HR, FI, IT). They may also be experts in other program contexts and program updates in general. They form the Change Agent Network. These agents are supported by the Program’s change management advisory team and the Network’s sponsors.

Pre-existing networks, such as faculty councils as well as CAO and director meetings, will be leverage to reach these change leaders.

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