The Rucksack Problem
According to Wikipedia, "The rucksack problem is one in combinational optimisation. It derives its name from the following maximisation problem of the best choice of essentials that can fit into one bag to be carried on a trip. Given a set of items, each with a weight and a value, determine the number of each item to include in a collection so that the total weight is less than a given limit and the total value is as large as possible." This is a problem that all decision-makers in organisations face today.
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Shifting Organisational Behaviours
Often, the decision-making process fails to take into consideration the dynamics at play in an organisation. It is the dynamics at play that can help decision-makers understand their relative ability to drive initiatives.
The dynamics show that the key drivers of sustainable organisational success is 'the belief that positive change can occur,' and 'leadership actions.' These two drivers have an immense ability to improve the chances for success, whether for an organisational change programme, a merger or acquisition environment, or for the implementation of an initiative.
If managers and employees do not see demonstrated actions that are congruent with what senior management says, they may be compliant, but will not become committed to what needs to be done. Likewise, if managers and employees do not believe that the organisational environment will change due to the direction set by senior management, the level of commitment will not reach the levels that will be needed to ensure a shift in direction.
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