Change is the adoption of new idea or behavior by an organization (Daft, 1995). Change in an existing organization is meant to increase its effectiveness in achieving its corporate objectives; it is the bedrock of industrial and organizational effectiveness.
Change means to alter, replace, substitute, exchange etc. Whatever form it takes, differences could be spotted between former and the present when it occurs. It is ‘an activity of transformation or modification of something…with the main purpose to make improvements”. Change is unavoidable in our socio-economic, political and technological lives,
Davies (1983) defines “Work Change” as any alteration that occurs in the work environment. Work change can occur in men, machines, policies, methods, and even location.
Change could be from Internal or External source.
Internal Sources: This change could occur in structure, training, interpersonal and intrapersonal change (e.g. self growth and self development), leadership change etc.
External Sources: These are changes occasioned by outside forces like government policies, consumer behavior, inflation, increase or decrease in people’s purchasing powers, religious upsurge, technology, war, natural disaster etc.
It should be noted that most times the external pressures are so powerful to the extent that they have great powers to ignite internal organizational changes.
Changes could be destructive or constructive.
Reasons for Resistance to Change:
As important as change is in organizations, some employees still resist it and hate it without pretence. Here are some reasons:
Quide on How to Manage Resistance of Change:
These will assist in change management in your organizations.
Written by: Agolo Uzorka