Essay on Leadership: Innovation and Upper Saddle River

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Organizational changes are essential in today’s changing technological environment and economic uncertainties. It is imperative for management to understand resistance for change in workforce and implementing corrective measures for the same. Individuals have different egos and reasons for resistance of change. Individual positive attitude and negative attitude about change also play a vital role in resistance. We can categorize resistance to change in two categories like Individual Sources and Organizational Sources. Individual Sources includes like habit, Security, Economic Factors, Fears of unknown and selective information processing (Robbins & Judge, 2013). Organizational Sources includes Structural inertia (structural inertia works as a counterbalance during organization changes), Limited focus of change (limited change nullified due to large system in place), Group inertia (Group resistance to change), Threat to expertise (threatening of specialized groups) and Threat to established power relationships (redistributing decision-making power) (Robbins & Judge, 2013). There are number of ways management can help employees to overcome resistance of changes. Management can reduce the resistance by communicating and educating workforce for any changes in organization. Workforce participation is essential for any changes required within and outside organization. Positive relationship, support and commitment can reduce the resistance significantly. Management should implement any changes fairly and manipulation and coercion should be the last resort to convince employee for any changes adaptation. Another method is effective sometime to select individual with positive attitude about changes.
Robbins, S. R., & Judge, T. A. (2013). Organizational behavior (15th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

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