Organizational Models for a New Century of Stewardship


The world today is a vastly different place than it was when the National Park Service was created in 1916. As time goes by, the pace of technological, social, and political change accelerates at a faster rate. To remain relevant in this world, agencies and organizations must have the capacity to adapt quickly to the rapidly changing environment in which they operate. However, many organizations are still using organizational models from the 19th and early 20th centuries, which excel at efficiency and productivity, yet cannot innovate or adapt quickly. The National Park Service must explore new organizational models if it is to remain relevant and efficient in the second century of stewardship.

In this YouTube video, renowned leadership scholar and Harvard School of Business professor John Kotter walks us through the natural evolution of organizations in our modern age. He examines the pitfalls almost all organizations experience and how to remedy them.

What You’ll Find

  • How organizations evolve and change – not always for the better
  • The roles of the felxible, entrepreneurial dynamic (start-up mindest) and the organizational hierarchy
  • The 21st century importance for the two systems to work in concert with one another

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