Essays on Resistance to Planned Organisational Change Literature review

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The paper "Resistance to Planned Organisational Change" is a good example of a literature review on management. Despite that change is implemented for positive objectives like adapting to volatile economic environment conditions and being competitive, organization members often react negatively to change and resist change (Boohene & Williams, 2012). Resistance to change is an attitude or behavior indicating an unwillingness to support or make desired change occur (Mullins, 2005: Schermerhorn, Hunt & Osborn, 2005). Kurt Lewin introduced the term resistance to change in his field theory and his work on group dynamics.

Resistance may be in form of strikes, reduced organizational commitment, increased hostility towards the implementation of change, absenteeism, sabotage of the organizational systems among other negative changes in behavior by employees (Erwin & Garman, 2010). Resistance to change may be blind resistance, political resistance, or ideological resistance (Burke, 2008). Blind resistance occurs when the involved parties are afraid or intolerant of the change due to the unknown results of the change implemented. Political resistance occurs when the organization members believe they will lose something of value like power, status, position, budget, personal compensation among other things due to change.

Ideological resistance on the other hand involves honest intellectual disagreement in terms of genuine feelings, beliefs, or philosophies over change implementation, for instance, it is ill-timed, not appropriate, or will create more harm than good ( Yilmaz and Kilicoglu 2013,p. 16). Resistance to change is equivalent to inertia force that wants to maintain the status quo (King and Anderson, 1995). Resistance affects the implementation of the planned change process; it delays or slows down it's beginning, hinders or obstructs implementation while also increasing the cost of change implementation.

For instance, Jick (1993, p. 329) suggests that “ resistance is a catch-all phrase; it describes anyone who doesn’ t change as fast as we do, as well as people who seemingly refuse to budge.  


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