Essential competencies for technochange management: Towards an assessment model

Elad Harison*, Albert Boonstra

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The term technochange refers to technology-driven organizational changes and covers the broad spectrum of aspects that are related to and have an impact on changes within organizations. Technochange processes are usually managed by change managers, who are responsible for successfully accomplishing the IT-related tasks in their projects, as well as every other structural and organizational dimension related to the implementation of technochanges. This paper discusses what competencies managers should have to carry out these processes effectively. On the basis of the existing literature, interviews with experts and case study research, we identify and test a set of IT- and non-IT-related competencies that are essential for managing technochange processes within and among organizations. Further, this paper presents a model for assessing and allocating project managers to IT technochange projects that match their competencies and skills. This model could also serve as a tool for developing technochange management competencies via targeted training programmes. A case study demonstrates how the assessment model can be used in practice. Finally, we make some suggestions for future research in the fields of change management and IT. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-294
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Information Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2009


  • IT-driven organizational change
  • Technochange
  • Change management
  • Competencies
  • Assessment model

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