the lack of political will and leadership vision and skills required to

The lack of political will and leadership vision and

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the lack of political will and leadership vision and skills required to successfully implement any such reforms. Storey and Salaman (2005) write of the need for developed countries such as Austria, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and UK to devise innovation policies which will in turn produce ‘in novation- driven’ economies, they argue that such a policy which is a driver of economic competitiveness and human well-being and development is necessary in the light of rapid global technological changes, trade liberalization, intense competition from low-wage economies, the reduction in communication and transport costs, shorter product life cycles and the rates with which consumers switch brand preferences. ‘Innovation is regarded by
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policy makers as one of the most critical if not, indeed, the most critical element influencing organizational and national economic performance’, they said. These views are also supported by other writers and observers, Burnes (2000) argued that neither strategy nor change management would be considered important if products and markets were stable. Unfortunately this is not the case as shown by the global economic downturn which has hit the developed countries and even the developing countries harder, there is the need for businesses, organizations and governments of developing countries like Nigeria to make change an ever-present feature of their planning process, as they still grapple with a myriad of socio- economic problems. Probably as a result of the recognition of the need for socio-economic reforms and change, the President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo at a recent speech made at the United Nations said that the ambitious economic reforms of his government will constitute an important national contribution to the attainment of the targets of the Millennium Development Goals, and of the objectives of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), according to the President, ‘the new reform program of my government is a clarion call for national mobilization and national reorientation’. This statement obviously supports Jerry Ogbonna’s views on the need for citizenship involvement with the government’s econo mic and social reforms program. Major theories on change draw from other social science disciplines and traditions (Burnes ibid), the organised private sector is usually the focus of such studies, with companies like Microsoft, Amazon, EasyJet, Dell and Egg used as models of best practice, because of the innovative ways they have wrestled market leadership from the previous market leaders. However, with the increasing demand for performance and accountability in the public sector, the concepts of reforms, change and innovation are also now being applied in the sector; however this needs to be adopted with caution because of the peculiar dynamics at play in the sector. While it may be possible for an entrepreneur to easily re-structure his or her enterprise, armed with the weapon of wielding the big stick on the employees who are considered to be under
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