The Life Cycle of Resistance to Change

2759 Words Mar 27th, 2012 12 Pages
The Life Cycle of Resistance to Change
What is change?
After doing some research I came discovered that there are many different definitions of the word change. Webster’s dictionary says that change means to give a different course, position, or direction to (Merrriam-Webster, 2010). Whenever you add the word change to organizational it takes on a somewhat different meaning. Organizational change is the term used to describe the transformation process that a company goes through in response to a strategic reorientation, restructure, change in management, merger or acquisition, or the development of new goals and objectives for the company (What is Organizational Change?, 2007). Many people feel that change is the only thing in life
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Due to the policies and procedures that were put into play years before the economy crashed lay-offs were done on a last hire, first fire bases. They were forced to let go of a number of their valuable workers because that was what they agreed to beforehand. Not long after that they realized that they policies were costing them more money because they had to re-train so many people to fill the vacant jobs. They were forced to revise that section on their handbook so that lay-offs would be done by department, instead of plantwide.
Internal Factors. Organizations are always developing ways to produce their products cheaper, faster, and more efficiently. The company that I work for are always bringing in a Kazan team in different department to help them create new ways of doing things. Sometimes something as simple as changing the process flow can make a big difference. This means that if the company changes the direction of flow that the product goes through it could cut back on the amount of time needed to produce the product. Although it may only take out a minute or two, all those minutes added together can really make a difference in the long run. If managers see that the vision that they have for the company is not working then they make want to consider shifting their focus to something that seems to be more promising. According to Anderson, whenever organizations decide to change their vision they should create an engaging description of

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