Models Of Change : Kurt Lewin Essay

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Models of change
Kurt Lewin is widely considered the founding father of change management, with the use of his unfreeze–moving–refreeze model (Cummings et al, 2016). Many management textbooks begin their discussions on how the field of managing change developed with Lewin’s classic model (Cummings et al, 2016). Over the years, many have criticised Lewin’s model of change, deeming it overly simplistic. Child (2005), points out that Lewin’s rigid idea of ‘refreezing’ is inappropriate in today’s complex world that requires flexibility and adaptation. Moreover, it is just a re-packaging of a mechanistic philosophy behind ‘Taylor’s (1911) concept of scientific management’. Another pioneer in change theory, Lippitt, extended Lewin’s model to a seven step process with help from his colleagues. The model focuses more on the change agent’s participation, rather than the evolution of the change itself (Sullivan and Decker, 2009). However, the change agent must possess impeccable communication skills and have the ability to build rapport in order to succeed with the Lippitt model. Havelock also devised his model of change from that of Lewin. Sullivan and Decker (2009), state that Havelock’s six step model relies heavily on the qualities/participation of the change agent, which is also the main requirement of the Lippitt model.
Roger’s model on the other hand, takes a broader approach than Lewin, Lippitt, or Havelock (Sullivan and Decker, 2009). Roger’s diffusion of innovations model…

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