School: Ashford University
Course: BUS 610 Organizational Behavior
Textbook: Baack, D. (2012). Organizational Behavior. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
Understanding and Coping With Change
Change is everywhere, yet very few people seem to embrace the concept. We are, for the most part, creatures of habit and follow daily routines. When change occurs, our activities and thought patterns are disrupted.
Write a four- to five-page APA formatted paper (excluding the title and reference pages), using a minimum of three scholarly sources in addition to the textbook, analyzing the internal and external factors contributing to an individual’s resistance to change.
Describe a situation where you or someone you know was resistant to change as identified in one of following areas:
2. Lack of understanding
3. Lack of trust in management
4. Differing assessments of the need for change
5. Low tolerance for change
Explain whether the resistance to change was caused by an internal or external factor. Using Kotter’s theory for change, provide a plan for overcoming that resistance. What will be done and how will you know that the plan has worked?
The business environment is continuously evolving. The organizational managers face challenges due to shifts in the business environment. Several factors contribute to organizational change and include external and internal factors. The internal environment in organizations is the system, people, organizational structures and conditions established to guide business operations. The vision and mission statements, organizational culture and leadership style are other factors affecting organizations internally (Baack, 2012). The external factors influencing organizational change include factors beyond the control of the business entity. The competition in the market, customers, and technological changes, social, political and economic condition are factors influencing the direction of organizations. Despite the need for change and creation of new opportunities, the change process receives criticism from individuals from within organizations. The paper describes a situation where an individual resisted change due to internal factors and the strategies of overcoming such resistance in organizations.
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