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Current Organisational Challenges – Are YOU Ready for Change?

The world economy is currently in turbulent times as it tries to re-emerge from the credit crunch and the subsequent recession. Europe in particular is struggling to stabilise its economy after its national governments invested heavily to save their banks. Although the private sector is slowly growing again, the public sector is downsizing to minimise government expenditure and pay off national debt – can retrenchment management be better managed to look after employee work commitment? Although the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) economies are doing much better, growth is not even across their populations, leaving many people still in poverty – how can the benefits of investment be more evenly distributed whilst maintaining and improving efficiency? To resolve these issues, innovation for transformational change is a central challenge – are YOU ready for change?

These conditions pose both a threat to survival and opportunities for innovation, growth and sustainability.


If you are re-thinking your overall, operational or project management strategies, we can help.

The TRANSFORMATION Project is currently located within Aston Business School, one of the top rated business schools in the UK and Europe. The Project is funded by the prestigious Economic and Research Council (ESRC) and is supported by the Association for Project Management (APM). Due to the success of our new product development, we are in the process of setting up a spin out company, also called The TRANSFORMATION Project. This means that we will be able to competitively meet your organisational needs.

The TRANSFORMATION Project has been developed by working in a collaborative partnership with colleagues from the public, third and private sectors and has created two new products: the Receptivity for Change Toolset and the Actor Analysis Toolset.

The toolsets accurately diagnose your transformation potential as a response to the pressures you are facing from outside and inside your organisation – they specifically reveal what you are doing well and areas for development, which means we can help you improve the delivery of your services and products. They achieve this through The TRANSFORMATION Pathway, a clear change management strategy, with stage gates to measure your progress at key times. You only have to complete a validated questionnaire and generate actor analysis maps for current and future working – all this is supported by a summary report and facilitated organisation development sessions. The toolsets are designed to integrate in your project management processes.

We know the toolsets work because of our rigorous development and testing process. This is the unique benefit of The TRANSFORMATION Toolsets having emerged from a research-led university, but one which values practitioner insight. Dr. Michael Butler, the project lead, has been working in this area for twenty years, both as a management consultant and an academic researcher and teacher, and is supported by a highly experienced and qualified team of practitioners and researchers (see The Team page).

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To find out more about the Toolsets visit our Management Toolsets page and then see case studies of successful implementation on the Case Studies page. Don’t forget to look at our other pages to find out the full story of what we have been doing.

For more information on The TRANSFORMATION Project, or to discuss the potential engagement of The TRANSFORMATION Project Team, please contact Dr. Michael JR Butler.


We believe that The TRANSFORMATION Project is a creative, practical and exciting and we look forward to working with you in its next phase of development.

Our project partners have already found value by working with us:

I attended the “Transformation: the what, the good and the how” on the 16th March 2010 at Aston. The event was very well worth attending, as has previous events I have attended at Aston. The speakers represented a variety of perspectives and all were entertaining as well as informative. As always with events like this the “networking” with the presenters and other attendees is of great value. If you have not attended one of these events before, I would implore you to make time in your calendar for one.

Mick Andrews, Programme Manager, Fujitsu

We’ve also captured the thoughts of our project partners when they had been working with us for a short time, to show our impact works very quickly. Listen to their comments here. We have a series of vodcasts.

The High Impact of The TRANSFORMATION Project

We evaluated the impact of The TRANSFORMATION Project.

  • The toolsets enabled Warwickshire Police to identify problem areas and measures to address them.
  • The new ANPR schemes were successfully implemented in 2010 on time and within budget.
  • Between 2010 and 2012, the Coventry Airport ANPR scheme identified 646,172 vehicles of interest to police, while the Nuneaton ANPR scheme identified a further 423,285 vehicles.
  • The schemes have provided vital evidence for high profile cases including murder, rape, wounding, major fraud, theft and armed robberies.
  • They have also led to the recovery of a police vehicle stolen from Northampton, the identification of an organised crime group engaged in the theft of caravans across the Midlands and the successful prosecution of an organised crime group involved in insurance fraud.

Dr. Michael JR Butler was invited to share ideas from the Project by presenting at TEDx on the Great Wall, China. Click here for the talk (1207 views).

Michael also contributed to a Central Office of Information (COI) review, a central government department which reports to the Cabinet Office Minister, on improving policy making and implementation via ‘Behaviour Change in Organisations’, drawing on research findings from The TRANSFORMATION Project. See his discussion with senior managers from the COI here.

Ultimately, this success led to Transformation for Growth, reported in our parallel pages on this web site.

The web site also indicates the next steps in our work.