Change Agent

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Change Agent

An employee or outside consultant who believes that he/she is making positive changes to a company. The term is used most commonly when certain employees encourage the use of new technologies. These changes may or may not be popular among other employees.
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Change agents are people whom farmers trust and interact with regularly.
Using the author's holistic insight and innovative principles, change agents can help their colleagues and constituents realize their tangible and intangible dreams.
In recognition that student partners and change agents are a key enabler in the area of technology change, the change agents' network has been designed to disseminate findings and support other institutions in implementing staff-student partnerships.
It is this aspect of moving through change--transition--that is crucial for change agents to understand and manage effectively.
The greater the disparity, the more likely parent groups are to be silenced and the more likely they are to refrain from the role of change agents or advocates for school reform.
So, how do we elevate our game from being simple change agents to leaders of transformational change?
In this fieldbook for change agents, Raelin, a scholar in practice-oriented education at Northeastern University, delineates a new type of collective and collaborative leadership approach known as 'leaderful' practice, which can be seen in forms of democratic leadership such as participative management, total quality management, and organizational learning.
The following sections will (1) provide an introduction into the emergence of role of the change agent, (2) discuss the implications for agents of change or stability, (3) discuss the need for anticipating how people will be affected by change, (4) provide some tools for change agents, and (5) discuss more specifics on being a change agent in organizations.
Ethics in the Workplace: Tools and Tactics for Organizational Transformation is for any middle-management business executive who seeks an interdisciplinary text considering ethical change agents and their work--and for any college-level course on the subject.