John Kotter Essay example

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John Kotter

Process Of Leading Change

Kevin R. Robinson

Keller Graduate School of Management


Managing Organizational Change

January, 2009

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Executive Summary This research paper will focus on John Kotter’s eight stage process for leading change. Kotter introduced this eight-stage model as a way of looking at the actual stages of the change process itself. This enables us to map our organizational system with the process of change (Leban & Stone, 2008). Without a comprehsive roadmap or model for guiding the change process, organizational leaders may fall short in implementing their strategies for change (Leban & Stone, 2008). In any change effort,
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Kotter has written a multitude articles for The Harvard Business Review over the past twenty years. He is also the author of around 15 books. His newest work released September 2006, Our Iceberg Is Melting, puts the 8-step process within an allegory. This work is also provided as the basis for an in-depth leadership training program called Leading Bold Change - Creating Leaders at all Levels. He graduated from MIT with an S.B. in EECS and an S.M. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1968 and 1970 respectively and a D.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1972. He joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 1972. In 1980, at the age of 33, he was given tenure and a full professorship (Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 2009). Kotter’s Change Model is the most widely used model for change because it provides us with a framework and guidance. However we will go further into each stage to better understand how it can increase the probility of success for the strategic change initiative project (Leban & Stone, 2008). The Managing Organizational Change text does a very good job defiining Kotter’s eight- stage process and brings out many key points, but let us take a closer and more detailed look at each stage. Around the 1960s and on to today, the environment of today's organizations has changed a great deal. A variety of driving forces provoke this change. Increasing telecommunications has "shrunk" the world

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