Integrative Paper

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Integrative Paper

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Integrative Paper: Discussing Leading Change

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Integrative Paper: Discussing Leading Change

The text for this course, Organizational Behavior and Management by John M. Ivanevich, Robert Konopaske and Michael T. Matteson, attempts to use the latest theories, research, and organizational applications while retaining the classic and long-standing work in organizational behavior as the basis for its discussion. It places a great deal of importance on management's understanding of organizational situations and its ability to react by properly interpreting and predicting behavior. Managing organizational change is done by focusing on behavior (individual and group), organizational
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Nor do they seem to have the credibility or the time required to convince others to make personal sacrifices called for in implementing changes (Kotter 55). An effective guiding coalition must have a proper mix of members that possess essential characteristics such as position power, expertise, credibility and leadership. Management and leadership skills are both important to have on the guiding coalition. The former keeps the whole process under control, while the latter drives the change (Kotter 57). Ivanevich describes a group as two or more individuals interacting with each other to accomplish a common goal. Teams are mature groups with a degree of member interdependence and motivation to achieve a common goal. Each member of the team has skills that complement those of other team members (Ivanevich 277). Decisions made by groups are often much more effective than those made by individuals. Benefits from using teams include quality improvement, productivity gains from bringing individuals with complementary skills together and organizational restructuring efforts. Hence, the use of formal groups and teams to accomplish organizational objectives is commonplace in the majority of companies today. Both Kotter and Ivanevich stress the importance and effectiveness of groups. Reaching organizational objectives including a major transformation cannot be accomplished without a strong, well constructed group.

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