Change Management and Human Capital
The continuing transformation and adaptation process a Faculty like ours requires in order to face the challenges imposed thereupon by society is a complex and highly sophisticated task. Without the real and concrete involvement of an important part of the community, it will very unlikely happen. So as to give rise to such involvement, it is essential for strategic and operational determinations for change to come from different actors within the community itself.
At a comparative level, other institutions have managed to adapt and foster substantial changes in order to enhance their incidence and impact in local and global society. Their success, to a large extent, has been based on the development of spaces and opportunities for discussion and reflection on their practices and challenges, becoming aware of the need to improve on an ongoing basis.
The Faculty has sought to create these spaces for reflection for some years now, since it started the process called ‘Thinking the decade’. It was followed by the first stage of the A New Engineering for 2030 project, which ends in 2016. It allowed us to seek referents beyond the domestic realm, so as to learn from different cases of successful change.
The 2030 project has involved about 10% of the scholars at the Faculty, who, along with our governing authorities, have set the grounds for a new development stage. However, this is not remotely enough to project the necessary changes; a larger portion of our community needs to be involved in the diagnosis and creation of solutions. That is why a series of activities, workshops and other actions to gather of information and to survey interests will take place this term. This, in turn, will help us effectively engage a relevant section of our community in the different areas of the project. Some of these activities have already started, such as Curriculum Harmonization between undergraduate and postgraduate levels, while others will start in a couple of months, e.g. International Relations.
The job, however, does not finish there. The creation of an action plan for the 2017-2020 period lies ahead, and it may be the most relevant part of the project. We hope to count on everyone’s participation.
Prof. Leonardo Basso
Head of Change Management
Engineering & Sciences 2030