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Organizational Culture, Leadership, Change, and Stress

27 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2009 Last revised: 15 Jun 2011

Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries

INSEAD - Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise

Laura Guillen

ESMT European School of Management and Technology

Konstantin Korotov

ESMT European School of Management and Technology

Date Written: February 6, 2009

Abstract

How do organizations become and remain great places to work? That is the question that primarily motivates this chapter. The authors claim that is precisely the adaptive capability of self-renewal which characterizes great places to work. But changing mindsets is never easy and the need for adaptation usually induces a high degree of stress, both at individual and organizational levels. Even if a simple recipe for facing continuous adaptation does not exist, learning how to manage organizational change processes effectively may serve as a platform to motivate people to create better organizations and to keep individual and organizational stress at acceptable levels. This chapter discusses the internal and external pressures that may trigger organizational changes. Then, it explores the four stages of the organizational change process - creating a shared mindset, changing behaviour, institutionalizing change, and transforming the organization. Implications and challenges for practitioners are drawn.

Keywords: Leadership, Organizational Change, Stress, Organizational Culture

Suggested Citation

Kets de Vries, Manfred F.R. and Guillen, Laura and Korotov, Konstantin, Organizational Culture, Leadership, Change, and Stress (February 6, 2009). INSEAD Working Paper No. 2009/10/EFE/IGLC. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1338709 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1338709

Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries (Contact Author)

INSEAD - Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise ( email )

Fontainebleau Cedex, F-77305
France

Laura Guillen

ESMT European School of Management and Technology ( email )

Schlossplatz 1
10117 Berlin
Germany

Konstantin Korotov

ESMT European School of Management and Technology ( email )

Schlossplatz 1
10117 Berlin
Germany

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