May 28, 2008

Book Review - Epic Change

EPIC Change: How to Lead Change in the Global Age
Timothy R. Clark
HD 58.8 .C524 2008

Clark asserts that although change is inevitable, it can be productively managed and organizations effectively steered to weather these changes. He overviews several methods to successfully manage change, focusing on the EPIC model. In this model, the change process is defined by four stages: Evaluation, Preparation, Implementation, and Consolidation. Book sections follow these stages in order to further develop these ideas and guide managers through the process. Throughout the book, Clark argues that the traditional project management approach used by many leaders are leaves them unprepared for change. He also stresses that the accelerating speed at which change occurs often manifests itself as a leadership or organizational failure. Having experienced this "failure" firsthand, Clark provides a guidebook to prepare other managers to successfully lead through change.