Essay about Understanding Individual Resistance in Organizational Change

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Due to economic environment that is increasingly volatile, change is necessary and inevitable within any organisation with resistance to change as a key concept (Hayes 2010). It’s been suggested that one of the main reasons organisation face resistance is due to “Parochial self- interest”, whereby some individuals are more concerned with their individual vested interest and how it will be compromised when the change takes place (Agocs 1997). It’s been suggest that the most important aspect of an organisational change is to understand an individual resistance “groups don’t change, teams don’t change, and companies don’t change: people change” (Kotze 2006), hence individual behaviour within the organisation determines the outcome (Hayes 2010).
According to Mullins (2005) despite the outcome, change is often resisted at both the individual and the company level. Also both Molinsky (1999) and Agocs (1997) attribute resistance to managers (primary change agents) as well as to employees. Agocs (1997) argues that not only do individuals experience change in different ways, they also vary in their ability and willingness to adapt to change. Organisation need to understand that emotion plays a significant role in contributing to the interaction of the individuals within the group that is likely to reconfirm self of the individual (Kool, and Dierendonck 2012). In term of employees resistance is often cause by fear of the unknown, habit, inertia, conformity and so on, however…