The Life Cycle of Resistance to Change

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The Life Cycle of Resistance to Change
What is change?
After doing some research I came discovered that there are many different definitions of the word change. Webster’s dictionary says that change means to give a different course, position, or direction to (Merrriam-Webster, 2010). Whenever you add the word change to organizational it takes on a somewhat different meaning. Organizational change is the term used to describe the transformation process that a company goes through in response to a strategic reorientation, restructure, change in management, merger or acquisition, or the development of new goals and objectives for the company (What is Organizational Change?, 2007). Many people feel that change is the only thing in life that is constant. In many cases organizations cannot avoid change because if they do the risk the chance of going under or their organization failing. Causes for Change

Today we live in a world where things are always changing. We have to change to keep up with society. Managers of organizations need to be aware of all the internal and external environmental factors that can promote change within an organization. Internal factors are all the things that happen within the organization itself. They include, but are not limited to, the following types of things: managerial policies and styles, systems that are unique to the organization, production procedures, and employee attitudes. Managers have to always be aware of the fact that they may need to alter what they are doing in order for them to be on top of their game. External factors are things that are going on outside of the organization that they really have no control of. Globalization and technological advances, competition, and the economic structure outside of the organization are all things that could promote change within the organization. If manages fail to realize that change is needed in order for the organization to survive then they could risk losing everything that they have worked so long and hard to create. Organizations change for a countless number of reasons and the ways in which they decide to change differ from one organization to the other. External Factors. Globalization, an external factor, can be a difficult term to define because it has come to mean so many things. In general, globalization refers to the trend toward countries joining together economically, through education, society and politics, and viewing themselves not only through their national identity but also as part of the world as a whole (Ellis-Christensen, 2010). Globalization offers huge potential profits to companies and nations that are willing to globalize. Globalization has been complicated by widely differing expectations, standards of living, cultures and values, and legal systems. Competition is another reason that organizations change. Organizations have to be able to keep their customers happy. Consumers are willing to buy things that they feel will benefit them the most, even if that means spending a little more money. In today’s world we have a number of automobile manufactures that constantly have to come up with better ways to make their car better than the next company so that they can continue to thrive in this always changing economy. Companies also have to develop cheaper more efficient ways of producing their products. The economic structure outside of the organization really impacts the decisions that are being made within the organization. Over the past couple of years many companies have be directly hit by the economic hardships that our country have been going through. Many companies were forced to do major cut backs to their labor force just to stay open. Whenever companies look for way to cut back on the budget people are usually the first things to go. Employees cost the company a lot of money and if the company feel that they can satisfy their customers with fewer people then that’s just what...
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