Title

Executive Leadership Challenges Implementing Systemic Change Under Conditions of Litigated Reform

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-14-2016

Abstract

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.

DOI

10.1080/23303131.2015.1110068

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