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Simpson, D Dwayne and Dansereau, DF (2007) Assessing organizational functioning as a step toward innovation. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, 3, (2), pp. 20-28.

External website: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC285107...

Innovate and adapt are watchwords for substance abuse treatment programs in today’s environment of legislative mandates, effective new interventions, and competition. Organizations are having to evolve—ready or not—and those that are ready have superior chances for success and survival.

The Texas Christian University Organizational Readiness for Change (ORC) survey is a free instrument, with supporting materials, that substance abuse treatment programs use to assess organizational traits that can facilitate or hinder efforts at transition. This article presents organizational change as a three-stage process of adopting, implementing, and routinizing new procedures; describes the use of the ORC; and outlines a step-by-step procedure for clearing away potential obstacles before setting forth on the road to improved practices and outcomes.

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