International Journal of Management and Business Studies ISSN: 2167-0439 Vol. 3 (8), pp. 110-117, August, 2013. © International Scholars Journals


From service to academics: Analysis of a change process in the Department of Anaesthesiology University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), Nigeria

Dr. Bisola Onajin-Obembe

Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

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Accepted 1 August, 2013


This paper examines a change process in the Department of Anaesthesiology of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Nigeria, as it transforms from a service-to an academic-oriented organization. Analysis was performed using the Herold and Fedor’s comprehensive change framework. It covers key highlights of what needs changing, how to proceed, and implementation of change in relation to who will lead, who is expected to follow, internal and external contexts with a possibility of altering elements of the situation and/or reconsideration of the change process. It provides an overview of the key players in the department of anaesthesiology namely the change leader, the relationship with various stakeholders and followers.  It further looks at the implementation of some changes in the department. The findings confirm that change is dynamic and organizations can transform in response to the environment.

Keywords: Change management, change leader, Department of Anaesthesia, Teaching Hospital, Nigeria.