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Competency Requirements For First-Line Managers

CN Lombard, A Crafford
SA Journal of Human Resource Management | Vol 1, No 1 | a3 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhrm.v1i1.3 | © 2003 CN Lombard, A Crafford | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 November 2003 | Published: 02 November 2003

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CN Lombard, Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa
A Crafford, Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa

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Abstract

Continuous changes in the needs of markets require effective change management at all levels in organisations. First-line managers are directly responsible for meeting the demands of clients and resistance to change at this level could result in sub-standard outputs. The effectiveness of change interventions will be largely determined by the competence of first-line managers to facilitate the desired change taking into account resistance to change. The purpose of this article is to identify competencies required by first-line managers to deal with resistance to change. The findings are based on a literature study and functional analysis.

Opsomming
Kontinue verandering in die behoeftes van markte vereis effektiewe bestuur van verandering in alle vlakke van organisasies. Eerstelyn bestuurders is direk verantwoordelik daarvoor om aan verwagtinge van kliënte te voldoen, want weerstand teen verandering op hierdie vlak kan tot sub-standaard uitsette aanleiding gee. Die effektiwiteit van veranderingsintervensies in organisasies sal grootliks afhang van die bevoegdheid van eerstelyn bestuurders om die verwagte verandering te weeg te bring met in agneming van weerstand teen verandering. Die doel van hierdie artikel is om bevoegdhede te identifiseer wat eerstelyn bestuurders sal benodig om weerstand te kan hanteer. Die bevindinge is gebaseer op ‘n literatuur studie en funksionele analise.

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First-Line Managers; Competency Requirements

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