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Organizational Development and Change Management
Assignment
Assess the meaning of this quotation by examining one organization of your choice which has recently undergone a significant change process within the last five (5) years:

Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times. [But] There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.

Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (1532)

Executive Summary
The purpose of the essay is to assess Machiavelli’s (1532) quotation on change by examining Lenovo's 2005 acquisition of IBM PC division, a vivid example that illustrates the impacts of change on Lenovo’s sustainable development.

Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times. [But] There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (1532)

The paper firstly, starts by interpreting the quotation and then incorporates organizational change management concepts into the argument by further analyzing why change is needed in Lenovo’s case, the impacts of change on Lenovo’s new business strategy and organizational culture as well as the role of executive leadership in tackling employees faced with change. Meanwhile, I have justified if the quotation makes sense in the acquisition case we are examining.

Changes are inevitable in today’s business setting. Leaders are supposed to embrace them or work around them rather than purposefully ward off the issues. Therefore, how an organization can achieve overall profitability depends on how well the executive leadership and stakeholders as a whole, manage changes with the times and organizational development, especially when the organization is going through a transformational restructuring.

Introduction
In today’s ever changing business environment, it is essential for leaders at all levels to acquire the knowledge of organizational development as well as how to manage change in a strategic manner. In the long history of corporate change management, some seasoned predecessors wisely pointed out the significance of adapting one with the times in an attempt to reap success.

Therefore, the purpose of the essay is to assess Machiavelli’s (1532) quotation on change by examining Lenovo's 2005 acquisition of IBM PC division, a vivid example that illustrates the impacts of change, in this case, business acquisition on Lenovo’s sustainable development in the past few years and how the company proactively dealt with the enormous differences. First, my interpretation of the quotation will be briefly introduced. Next, I will incorporate organizational change management concepts into the argument by further analyzing why change is needed in Lenovo’s case, the impacts of change on Lenovo’s new business strategy and organizational culture as well as the role of executive leadership in tackling employees faced with change. In the meantime, the paper will justify if the quotation makes sense in the case we’ve examined. All of the secondary data are quoted from websites, academic journals and industry research papers.

Interpretation of the quotation
Machiavelli (1532) was quoted as saying that “Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.” My understanding is that corporate leaders ought to realize that business success cannot be separable from well-rounded adaption to the change of the environment in most industries of our day.

Machiavelli (1532) also claimed that “[But] There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.” It can be interpreted that business of...
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