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change management

Sandra Fielden


Change management is not a distinct discipline; it draws on a wide variety of social science and management theories. This integration of different but complementary concepts is an essential aspect of effective approaches to change management. The practice of change management is dependent on a number of factors, not least the particular school of thought involved ( Burnes, 2000 ). The individual perspective , group dynamics , and open systems schools form the basis of modern change management models, with variations arising depending on the context in which change is taking place. Currently, the two main approaches to organizational change are planned (the conscious decision to move an organization from one state to another) and emergent (a process that unfolds through the interplay of multiple variables within an organization). Organization development (OD) has been a key in the growth of planned change, with OD defined as “a systemwide application of behavioral science knowledge to the planned development and reinforcement of organizational strategies” ( Cummings and Huse, 1989: 1 ). However, it is argued that most attempts to implement change in organizations are less successful than intended because the principles and knowledge about the psychology of change are violated or ignored ( Winum, Ryterband, and Stephenson, 1997 ). Those attempts that do find success tend ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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