Executive Leadership Challenges Implementing Systemic Change Under Conditions of Litigated Reform
A case study was conducted using the lens of second-order change to examine leadership challenges during litigated-based reform of New Jersey’s child welfare agency. Six challenges identified included (a) difficulty implementing the comprehensive reform plan; (b) attempting systemwide change within a weak infrastructure; (c) leadership instability; (d) unclear leader roles and responsibilities; (e) poor diffusion of the case practice model, and (f) weak quality control mechanisms. Three recommendations for reducing implementation failures included developing rich pictures to understand system interdependencies, using open communication to facilitate change readiness, and implementing a sustainable quality review system to guide the change process.
MSU Digital Commons Citation
Alvarez, Ariel, "Executive Leadership Challenges Implementing Systemic Change Under Conditions of Litigated Reform" (2016). Department of Political Science and Law Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works. 21.