Change Management: Palmer & Dunford's Change Management Images

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Change Management: Palmer & Dunford's Change Management Images Executive Summary As Niccolo Machiavelli once stated "There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things" (Burtonshaw-Gunn 2008 p 21). Change is as influential as it is necessary. Adopting effective change can also be a difficult endeavor. That is why this research is examining particular change models as a way to better understand methods which can be transposed into real practice. Here, the work of Palmer & Dunford (2009) is examined, in particular the concepts of change images found in chapter two of the work Managing Organizational Change: A Multiple Perspectives Approach. Change model images essentially prepare a foundation of structure and leadership for managers, which can be decided upon based on the specific environmental factors involved in the change itself. Managers can choose particular management styles based on the specificities of the situation and the desired results. In order to examine this issue further, this research will look at a number of different sources. Contemporary managerial sources are explored in order to understand how other voices in the field are describing similar methods for change. First, popular structures for change management are examined, especially within their correlation to Palmer & Dunford (2009). This is followed with an extensive

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