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02 Mar Restructuring = improved efficacy?

For those involved in Further Education, you will no doubt be aware of the large scale Post-16 Area Review programme which is now underway, a programme which seeks to consolidate the physical Further Education estate (outside of school sixth forms) to promote a smaller number of larger, supposedly stronger and resilient organisations.

The outcome of the reviews will be that the organisations involved have to implement the recommendations – merger being the most popular term of the time.  A review of structure and prospects that results in a recommendation may seem like a good option as part of a strategic piece of work, but the real benefit is to get into the detail of

  • what the organisation does,
  • how it does it, and
  • who does it.

Restructuring allows for functions, people and resources to be ‘divvied up’ on a organisation chart, it doesn’t actually address the underlying efficacy or architecture of work that will need to be reviewed and redesigned.  It is this piece of work (IMO) that should be prioritised in order for the new structure, organisation and people working within it to thrive.

Restructuring without redesigning the architecture of work purely exacerbates the issues that existed before the change, puts additional pressure on the resources that remain and ultimately lead to further restructuring when the intended outcome is not achieved.