Change readiness among teaching staff at Anadolu University, Turkey

AKBULUT Y., KUZU A., Latchem C., Odabasi F.

Distance Education, vol.28, no.3, pp.335-350, 2007 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01587910701611351
  • Journal Name: Distance Education
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.335-350
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


Turkey's Anadolu University is one of the world's largest mega-universities. It is engaged in strategic planning in response to changes in the expectations of the Turkish Higher Education Council and the community at large. In re-examining its vision and strategic directions, Anadolu University needs to be informed on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of its teaching staff, and the systems and support needed to assure their change readiness. This article examines the literature of organizational and educational change and its implications for the university. It reports on a study based on the relevant constructs from the literature and is designed to gauge the extent and nature of teaching staff knowledge, skills, practice, and research in educational and technological change, motivating and de-motivating factors, change adopter types, and perceptions of the organizational climate for change. It considers the implications of these findings and draws conclusions about what would be needed to improve staff readiness for change.