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ERP Organizational Change Success: It’s a Matter of Principle

When it comes to applying principle to practice I can’t help but to admire practices like that of West Executive, Inc  and THE CHRYSALIS CODE® (, Conner Partners® (, Denison Consulting (, and Kirkpatrick Partners ( for instance.  These folks are professional firms that practice leadership development, organizational change, strategy execution, organizational culture, and/or organizational training.  Frankly, their work is extremely relevant and insightful not only to Nestell & Associates but to the practice of ERP organizational change in general. If you were to study their work and success, I personally believe that in part you could distill it down to two words that are quite significant and powerful in practice, and that is “applied principle”.

Our team at Nestell & Associates is grateful that these firms are also friends, colleagues, and mentors and we believe in evaluative learning and sharing knowledge. Paying close attention to and studying their work, my personal thought is that they realize success due to a strong sense of founding their respective practices in scientific and research-based principle. Not only am I a huge fan and student of their work and a fellow practitioner, I admire their work simply because it is practice no doubt grounded in principle. And, they effectively act upon principle in a tactical and tangible way.

Nestell & Associates is very excited and honored that these folks will join us for our podcast series “The ERP Organizational Change Journal”. Among some other topics, we will discuss the value of principle and applied research in their practices and how it is useful and relevant to ERP organizational change field.

What is a principle?

So to borrow from, “A fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning.” And, “A general scientific theorem or law that has numerous special applications across a wide field.” In other words, a principle is a general truth that is applicable across context.

Why do research based principles matter to ERP and/or organizational change?

From shared experiences and based on research, it is pretty safe to say that ERP organizational change agents would benefit from sound research and work founded in principle. As ERP organizational change practitioners (i.e. change agents), N&A believes that it is our job to also take advantage of and share this great work, research, and insight from others that provides opportunities for reflection (that is founded in non-bias, vendor-neutral, and fundamental principles.) Success comes not only by experience, opinion, or perspective alone. It comes with understanding sound research proven principles. Effectively and efficiently putting principles to practice is a key to ERP organizational change success, organizational learning, and organizational growth. Not only is each and every organization different, but each specific organizational context also changes all the time and is very dynamic. The people, culture, technology, processes, issues, challenges, and solutions depend upon context and vary with time. But, what does not really change is theory based on general principle, this is one reason why research founded principles are so relevant, practical, powerful, useful, and valuable in the “real world”.

Principles transcend context. And, principles are a great complement to evaluative learning and self-experience.

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