Summit Reflections: Making MS2W Stick and Grow – Part II


The “institutionalization of change,” more simply described as the process to embed change, is a key aspect and critical outcome for each Mekong Learning Center (MLC) and the entire MS2W Network to help prepare students to be workforce ready. This is the second follow-up blog after the MekongSkills2Work (MS2W) Network 2nd Leadership Summit held last month. In the proceeding blog, best practices used by MS2W Mekong Learning Centers to make instructional and learning change stick were highlighted.


There are some great examples of the process and various strategies used by MLCs to make change stick. The details of these best-practice were shared by several MLC leaders during the Leadership Summit.

Engaging Leaders: Top Management Support

At the Institute of Technology, Cambodia, efforts to embed change are focused on top management support. They developed a pilot program then were able to consider how to expand this throughout the institution with a staged rollout. Their four-step process:


1. Target top and mid-level administrators and leaders for support,


2. Engage with mid-level leaders so they will join the activities of the MS2W Network,


3. Focus on implementation of the MS2W program,


4. Assess organizational structure to identify barriers to institutionalization of change.


This approach adopts many of the key principles mentioned in a previous blog on the importance of engagement with leaders and change agents to make change successfully stick.


Empowering Implementers: Professional Development

Another example of strategy used to make change stick comes from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education, Vietnam. A focus on professional development during organizational change is one of the many things they are doing to make sure the changes are embedded into teaching and learning practice at their MLC. Research supports their approach as professional development in post-secondary institutions can not only assist and support change efforts but can also be a “dynamic forces creating institutional change.”


It is important to remember that success at embedding change is the result of many factors. The MLCs in the MS2W Network are discovering what the most important factors and strategies at their institution for institutionalization of change work best. By sharing the successes and lessons learned we can all benefit from a growing understanding of best practice of making change stick.


Note: The author, Prof. Dr. Kenneth Bartlett, gave a presentation at this leadership summit, titled “Institutionalization of the MS2W Model: Make Change Stick and Grow.” The presentation is available here.