LEADERSHIP FOR ORGANISATIONAL CHANGE IN THE MPUMALANGA DEPARTMENT OF WATER AFFAIRS
The study explored leadership challenges associated with organisational change in the Mpumalanga Department of Water Affairs. Challenges associated with organisational change in the Mpumalanga Department of Water Affairs are often not adequately addressed by those who occupy leadership positions in the Department which ultimately lead to the provision of poor service delivery. The purpose of the study was therefore to explore the challenges that leaders in the Mpumalanga Department of Water Affairs face in association with organisational change, present the findings on leadership challenges and recommend measures for addressing change challenges. The study employed the interpretive paradigm approach which enabled an in-depth description of the change challenges that leadership in the Department face. Qualitative data were collected using interviews employed at the Mpumalanga Provincial office of the Department of Water Affairs. The thematic content analysis approach was applied in analysing the data. Evidence from the data confirmed that change challenges encountered by leadership in the Mpumalanga Department of Water Affairs were; communication, the inadequacy of support structures for implementing change programmes and political interferences. The study concludes that the overriding change challenge leaders in the Mpumalanga Department of Water Affairs encounter is communication. The study recommends that leaders in the Department should incorporate strategic management practices in change programmes and as well ensure strict transparency in the information they provide when implementing change programmes.
MM (P&DM) thesis
Leadership, Change management