Resistance to Change

19 Pages Posted: 12 May 2010

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James Dow

London Business School - Institute of Finance and Accounting

Enrico C. Perotti

University of Amsterdam - Finance Group; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Tinbergen Institute

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Date Written: May 10, 2010


Established firms often fail to maintain leadership following disruptive market shifts. We argue that such firms are more prone to internal resistance. A radical adjustment of assets affects the distribution of employee rents, creating winners and losers. Losers resist large changes when strong customer goodwill cushions the consequences. Partial adaptation may lead winners to depart to form new firms with no goodwill, but no internal resistance.

Keywords: Resistance to Change, Leadership, Adaptation

JEL Classification: D21

Suggested Citation

Dow, James and Perotti, Enrico C., Resistance to Change (May 10, 2010). FEEM Working Paper No. 48.2010, Available at SSRN: or

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