The Art and Science of Transformation
By Harold M. Schroeder
Today’s business environment is rapidly changing, requiring organizations to undergo frequent transformations to remain competitive and efficient. However, major change initiatives are risky and many fail. The Art and Science of Transformation provides readers with a robust understanding of the importance of transformation. It explains what it means in practice, what the risks are, and how to implement a successful transformation initiative that delivers the desired results.
Using an “Art and Science of Transformation®” framework, in which “art” comprises the intangible or intuitive attributes and “science” consists of formal project management techniques and tools, the book provides a holistic understanding of organizational transformation, along with the key strategic and operational performance implications.
Grounded in the evidence of what actually works, this book offers a user-friendly, practical guide that can be applied to transformation in any organizational context.
- Drivers of Transformation
- Risks and Critical Success Factors in Transformation
- The Art and Science of Transformation®
- Fundamental Purpose and Transformation
- Transformation Value Drivers
- Transformational Capabilities
- Transformation Objectives
- Cultural Re-alignment and Stakeholder Engagement
- Performance Monitoring and Measurement
“Harold Schroeder and I met a few years back and, even though I have not had the opportunity to work with Harold, I have always valued his knowledge regarding strategic planning and change management. Having published many valuable white papers, Harold recently published a book tilted ‘The Art and Science of Transformation’, which presents the reader with a great blueprint for becoming and sustaining competitive advantage.
What stood out for me was the value of people, both internal talent and customers, as the critical component to any successful transformation. Any of us can learn the process for transformation, but without a clear understanding of the how to work with people to achieve transformation, the processes fall flat.
‘The Art and Science of Transformation’ is a must read for anyone accountable for achieving competitive advantage.
President, Lead By Advantage
“In this insightful book – The Art & Science of Transformation – Harold Schroeder has elegantly mapped out and defined the requisite skills and processes for mastering the art & science of transformation.
An incredibly useful resource that consolidates research and expertise in the fields of strategic and project planning.”
President, Park Vandal Associates, Inc.
“My copy of The Art and Science of Transformation arrived this week, and folks, Harold Schroeder has nailed it with this book In this new business paradigm where ‘transformation’ is undeniable, you’ll want this guide to assist you.
Great work Harold.”
“I have had a chance to read and review ‘The Art and Science of Transformation’ – and like the white papers I so appreciated over the years – the text did not disappoint. I plan to give several copies away as parting gifts and you should also know that my dog-eared copy of the paper on this topic has been shared many times.”
Lynne Julius, RN
Site Operations Lead – Grand River Hospital Freeport Campus
“Harold Schroeder offers thought-provoking ideas on how an organization can ensure its Business Transformation initiatives deliver strategic and economic value. His research shows transformations are most successful when they clearly meet human needs and add social value.
Particularly intriguing are notions on how the individual (at any level in an organization) might apply Harold’s leadership and business insights, to grow as a person and help others – and deliver true organizational effectiveness.”
Professor in Project Leadership, Western University
” The research and experience that Harold Schroeder has applied to this topic is evident as he weaves a thread of both theory and application across each of the key components of successful transformation outlined in the book. That is whole philosophy of the art and science approach. It is about leadership and management, theory and application, research and experience, etc. For anyone needing to undertake a successful transformation effort, this book is an excellent resource from which the reader can learn valuable tips on how to lead transformation, as well as the reasons why these approaches work. ”
Director of IT, National FFA Organization
“The Art & Science of Transformation” presents thorough research for providing for an even-balanced treatment of the intuitive/emotional (The Art) and the logical/rational (The Science) aspects of managing transformation projects. An excellent read for executives and project leaders/managers alike … could serve as a course book or practical reference manual for change.
President, Jerry Adel & Company Management Consultants
Preparing for Organizational Transformation
By Harold M. Schroeder
In today’s business environment, organizations of all types must regularly transform to remain competitive and efficient. The costs and risks of organizational transformation can be very high and yet the importance of advanced preparation for a major initiative is often neglected. This book provides practical guidance to organizations on how to prepare for organizational transformations that really deliver the intended business results.
The approach uses an “Art and Science of Transformation®” framework in which the “science” consists of formal project management techniques and tools, and the “art” comprises the more intangible or intuitive skills and attributes that are essential for managing the people-related aspects of transformation. The crucial and interdependent roles of the Project Manager and the Executive Sponsor, the two key players in any transformation initiative, are discussed. Examples of practical tools for use in evaluating and improving an organization’s readiness to undergo a successful transformation are provided.
A must read for any organization preparing for a major transformation in which strategic and operational business goals must be achieved.
- Executive Summary
- The importance and Risks of Transformation
- The Nature and Characteristics of Transformation
- The Importance of Art and Science
- The Executive Sponsor/Project Manager Partnership
- Transformation – The Role of the Project Manager
- Transformation – The Role of the Executive Sponsor
- Transformation Assessment Systems and Tools
- Summary and Conclusion
” I found the details about art and science and examples provided very helpful. The insight about the importance of the synergy between the Executive sponsor and Project manager is also very important. I am very fortunate to have chosen a person I can trust, has experience in the field and with whom I’ve worked with before as a colleague through the merger of an organization. Communication between the two roles is critical and creating meaning out of many pieces of the puzzle that cross the organization for an external project manager is challenging at best. The information synthesized in this book is solid. Thank you for sharing! ”
Senior Director, Health System Transformation
North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)
“I had previously read your first book “The Art and Science of Transformation” and had found that it aligned very well with my beliefs and experiences over many years … that almost anything worth doing or accomplishing requires acumen in both ‘art’ and ’science’, especially in medical care organizational change and transformation – whether at a team level, business unit, department, or an entire organization … and in health care, at even the entire delivery system itself, whether provincially or nationally.
Your book “Preparing for Organizational Transformation” was very timely. I was in the midst of working with a client organization that felt like they were under siege. Many external pressures were forcing the organization to completely re-create themselves. To say that their “change muscle was weak” would have been an understatement. Several of the frameworks presented in the book were extremely useful with individuals, teams, staff, volunteers, and even board members in helping to provide a context for what they were going through. Most especially, the following two items were useful in my work with this organization: 1. Stages of Employee-Level Cultural Transformation, and 2. Cultural Change-Shaping Levers.
After introducing the executive and management team to the Art and Science of Transformation Framework –and identifying and assigning the related roles – both the shared and individual goals, objectives, metrics, and measurable success factors were agreed upon.
Upon the completion of the consulting contract, both the client organization and I agreed that your book, “Preparing for Organizational Transformation” had become an invaluable resource, and that it was practical, easy to understand … and really drove home that “who they were as leaders of such a significant change” was as important as the tactical skills and management competencies they had.
This book will remain a valuable reference source for me throughout the rest of my leadership career.”
Corry Thomas CHRM., HIA., MHP., MHSc., CHE (candidate)
Executive Consultant & Coach: Transitions, Transformation & Operational Readiness
“The book clearly establishes the difference between conventional projects and those that are more complex and riskier, requiring finesse in balancing the science and art of project management. It provides a helpful guide for organizations embarking on a complex change project. It clarifies the crucial roles for a successful project and serves as a roadmap to organizations going through the process. Harold Schroeder is an expert and champion in the Art and Science of Project Management. Grounded in theory and concepts, the book draws his deep understanding gleaned from extensive work with clients who have gone through a transformation.”
President – Raven Strategic Management Consultants
“Harold’s approach to change is holistic and relational. His principle centered methods are strategic and results driven as he attends to the nuances of the complex corporate world. If you’re looking to the bridge the gap between “art and science” when it comes to Organizational Transformation then this book is for you.”
“I was fortunate to be selected as an early reviewer for Harold’s book and I have to say that is it well worth its price. It does not pretend to change the world but it gives key tips on how to go through and develop a plan for moving your organization forward. Well done Harold!”
Professor, Durham College
Organizational Transformation Drivers of Change
By Harold M. Schroeder
To survive in today’s rapidly changing business environment, organizations of all types must carry out regular transformations. Evolving markets, new business models, fierce competition and tight budgets are just a few of the many factors influencing the need for major change initiatives. In this context, several key activities are emerging as important strategic functions that are driving successful transformation: collaboration, social media, operational efficiency, outsourcing, risk management, and project management.
This book explores the latest developments in these drivers of change and sets out best practice guidance on how to achieve the greatest benefits from their use while avoiding the most common pitfalls, based on a proven Art and Science of Transformation® model. Illustrated with facts, figures and real case studies throughout, and full of practical tips that are relevant to all sectors, the book is essential reading for organizational leaders, managers, and specialists involved in transforming each of these activities to achieve high levels of business performance.
- Organizational Transformation
- The Move to Collaboration
- Social Media as an Enabler
- Intense Focus on Value
- Increasing Specialization
- Risk and Risk Management
- The Challenge of Transformation