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Organizational Change & Why It Matters

Published on
December 13, 2021

Understanding organizational change is central to fixing problems like stigma. Learn how military leaders approach organizational change in this episode of our Disruptive Storytelling podcast.

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What does organizational change have to do with stigma? A professor and researcher discusses how top-down, bottom-up and innovative change within organizations such as the military can help combat various types of stigma within the ranks. 

Guest: Dr. Tom Galvin, U.S. Army War College Assistant Professor of Resource Management

“If we’re talking about stigma, we’re talking potentially about, say for example, the chain of command. Somebody in the chain of command who is treating soldiers differently — or the perception that the chain of command is treating soldiers differently — because those soldiers who do not have EFMP are in some way preferred over those that do.”

Innovative change requires a new way of thinking.

Dr. Tom Galvin is a retired Army colonel and a professor at the U.S. Army War College* who has taught courses in organizational change and communication. He is also the managing editor of the “Talking About Organizations” podcast that discusses classic texts on organization theory. He was also featured on an episode of the podcast where he examined C. Fred Alford’s book, “Whistleblowers: Broken Lives and Organizational Power.”

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*​Please note that ​the views expressed by Dr. Galvin are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

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