Essay Resistance to Change

2470 Words Sep 19th, 2012 10 Pages
Resisting Change

Change is a natural process, it occurs every day whether it is recognized or not. Many factors both external an internal can create a need for change, these include: competition, technology, desire for growth, need to improve processes, and governmental regulations.
It is the purpose of this paper to describe and discuss resistance to change as it relates to organizations today. I plan to utilize several scholarly references including the book “Managing Organizational Change” as written by Ian Palmer as this book provides insight into diverse aspect of change. I also plan to utilize Brian Palmers book Making Change Work as it looks at the human side of change management. Resistance in an organizational
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• Political factors: favoritism or “point scoring” against those initiating the change effort.
• Management factors: inappropriate or poor management styles also contribute to resistance.
As this theory developed it became apparent that organizational factors have built resistance to change into them. This contributes to the momentum which influences organizations toward reliability and predictability, this then works against change.
When looking at change; managers must realize that any time change is presented there will be resistance. Resistance to change is the action taken by individuals and groups when they perceive that a change that is occurring as a threat to them. Resistance may take many forms including active, passive, overt or covert, individual or organized, aggressive or timid (resistance). Some of the underlying reasons behind the resistance to change include (employee):
• belief that the change initiative is a temporary fad
• belief that fellow employees or managers are incompetent
• loss of authority or control
• loss of status or social standing
• lack of faith in their ability to learn new skills
• feeling of change overload (too much too soon)
• lack of trust in or dislike of managers
• loss of job security
• loss of family or personal time
• feeling that the organization is not entitled to the extra effort
Resistance to change can be

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