Politics of Internal Change Agents and Effective Organizational Change in Nigeria: An Overview
Globalization has transformed the entire world into a global village where there is an ever increasing contentions
and contests among business organizations. Consequently, the most effective and rewarding practice for organizations is to
create, through change process, innovative ways of doing business. This article focuses on the politics of internal change
agents and effective organizational change aimed at effective and efficient management of modern organizations.
Organizations use the permanent vision of change as the power to compete in a progressively more competitive and
globalized economy. A review of literature on organizational change and change management, organizational politics,
causes of political behaviours in organizations and change agents roles were undertaken. The review indicated that political
behaviour is an inherent aspect of human life who has innate penchant towards power striving, which can cause workplace
political behaviour where it comes into tension with the division of labour and resources allocation. Internal change agents
are seen as having an advantage of organisation-wide knowledge and being readily available. However, when they are seem
as part of the problem, can serve as resistance to change. It was recommended that change agents should isolate the key areas
to be affected by employees and then putting in place appropriate initiatives to help them adapt to the changes with minimal
resistance and political manipulations. Organizations are also encouraged to adopt a combination of both internal and
external change agents in initiating and implementing organizational change.
Keywords- Politics, Organizational change, Change agent.