A critical investigation of a Future Search Conference as a planned organisational change initiative within the National Health Training Network in Namibia

Hausiku, Marthina Ndahepa (2004) A critical investigation of a Future Search Conference as a planned organisational change initiative within the National Health Training Network in Namibia. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




“The world is changing faster than the experts” (Weisbord & Janoff, 2000:xi). Change, according to Meyer & Botha (2000:223), is the movement of people from a current state to a defined, different, improved and desired new state. Change is needed in all organisations because it has direct influence on the organisation’s performance, and the National Health Training Network in Namibia is no exception. The Future Search Conference as a powerful organisation development strategy, can help people transform their capacity for action. The National Health Training Network (NHTN), like any other institution, has been experiencing some managerial/administrative problems. I, being a member of the NHTN, together with most of the organisation, was faced with the challenge of not knowing what to do. Learning about approaches that might help organisations to develop, concepts such as organisation development in general and Future Search in particular, I developed an interest especially in the Future Search Conference. My interest was based on successful developmental stories of Future Search Conferences in organisations across the world. I decided to introduce the Future Search Conference to our organisation, which I thought might be a remedy for our problems at a later stage. The aim of the study was to investigate participants' experiences and the perception of the Future Search Conference as an approach to organisational change, through interviews. The study found that Future Search was a new concept/approach to the NHTN as well as to the whole Ministry, and it is different from the traditional strategic planning. The difference is seen in the way Future Search involves all stakeholders in issues of concern, while strategic planning involves only managers. The responses revealed the willingness of participants to implement the Future Search Conference in their organisation. Data also revealed, however, that it was not clear how ready the managers were to carry out this task, as they are the gatekeepers. Participants suggested a separate Future Search Conference with managers, to sensitise them to the approach, so that they can see whether it addresses the values and goals of the organisation and can be implemented for developmental purposes.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Future Search Conference, National Health Training Network, Organizational change, Namibia, Research methodology, Interviewing
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD72 Economic growth, development, planning
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
ID Code:2687
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:24 Apr 2012 08:01
Last Modified:24 Apr 2012 08:01
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