The issue that will be discussed in this paper is resistance to change. The specific questions that this paper proposes to answer are “Why do people resist change? And how can resistance to change be mitigated?” I chose this topic because I have been working as an administrator in educational institutions for many years and change management has been the most difficult part of my professional life. Knowing why people resist change and some ways to combat this resistance has been very valuable in my career. I looked at the selected literature to see what research has to offer practitioners.
The quote “Because change has become an everyday part of organizational dynamics, employees who resist change can actually cripple an organization” (Bolognese, 2002, p.1) summarizes why I feel that this issue is so important. The format of this paper will facilitate the discussion of different aspects of resistance to change. It will be separated into four sections. The first section will explore various definitions of the term resistance to change. The second and third sections will discuss reasons why change is resisted in organizations. The second section will discuss organizational factors that affect resistance to change. The third section will discuss individual factors that affect resistance to change. The final section will discuss ways that resistance to change can be mitigated.
|Keywords:||Change Theories, Resistance to Change, Organizational Dynamics, Individual Dynamics|
Contract Professor, Doctoral Candidate, Telfer School of Management, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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