Every organization has its stakeholders, irrespective of its size, nature, structure and purpose. The stakeholders can be any person or entity, who influence and can be influenced by the organization’s activities. Stakeholders can be categorized as internal and external stakeholders. Those who works with in the organization are known as internal stakeholder. Physicians, nurses and hospital management in my case are internal stakeholders. External stakeholders are those not employed by hospital but they have a say in hospital operations such as Licensing or Accreditation agencies like (Joint Commission), patients,policy makers, labor unions and care givers. Change is often difficult to implement because of inertia and so many competing interests. Certain elements must be in place in an organization for change to take hold: an agreed-on direction for the practice, a functional and effective leadership structure, and a culture that promotes and rewards change.
Stakeholder buy-in is the glue that binds all elements of a project together and ensures that the change will actually happen”.( May, 2016). It is important to have the backing of the decision makers/stakeholders both within and outside of an organization to successfully push a change project through because:
- They will provide expertise from their wealth of knowledge about current process, historical information and way forward, thereby, bringing value to the project.
- They will help reduce or uncover risks involved in change project process in terms of project needs, constraints and plans to mitigate those problems as they arise to increase the chances of project success.
- They help to increase the success of the project by speeding up the process, providing resources and creating the support needed to move change forward.
- Finally, they have the power and authority to grant the project acceptance. (Schoenhard, 2017).