Question: What are the steps for effective management of a decision implementation plan? How should managers monitor the progress of decision implementation? What considerations are important to consider when implementing decisions in global organizations?
An important part of business is change and adaptability. Once it has been decided upon that a change should be made the implementation of this decision should be made smoothly and efficiently. In order to do so there are steps that managers can take, such as evaluating costs involved, risk, benefits, and establishing and implementation schedule. These steps should be followed prior to implementation of decision to ensure efficiency. As with every decision a company makes it is important to establish what the decision will actually cost the organization upfront as well as the benefits they will gain from implementing the decision. It is also crucial that a schedule for implementation be determined so management can track progress.
By setting a schedule or milestones that should be reached within a certain timeframe gives management the ability to see how progress is coming along. Management should stay heavily involved in the implementation of the decision to ensure that it is on schedule. While they do not need to be hands on, they should be checking with lower levels of management (i.e. managers, supervisors, etc) to keep track of the progress and if there are any complications with the implementation. If they find that these milestones are not being reached the process can be changed or the decision may need to be re-evaluated. However, it is important that everything stays on schedule so the decision does not end up costing the company more than anticipated.
When implementing decisions in global organizations there are several important considerations to take into account. The first and foremost is the difference in culture. It is important to consider whether the decision that has been made is offensive or goes against the culture of the location abroad. It is also very important to determine whether or not the decision follows all legal parameters laid out by the countries where the decision will be implemented. Not only should culture its self be considered but also the work culture should be considered—meaning there may need to be a different schedule for implementing a decision in a global organization because of the differences in bureaucracies and governments. There may be different procedures that need to be completed or clearances needed before the implementation can begin and it is something that should be considered beforehand.