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Demystifying the Legend of Resistance to Change

IAMOT 2008: 17th International Conference on Management of Technology, April 6-10, 2008

8 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2011  

Hamid Tahbaz Tavakoli

The R&D Society of Iranian Industries and Mines

Nader Ale Ebrahim

Centre for Research Services, Institute of Management and Research Services (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM); University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture

Arash Golnam

The Society of Iranian Industries & Mines - Research & Development Centers

Date Written: April 6, 2008

Abstract

Nothing is permanent except change. Many authors stress that the reason for the failure of many change initiatives can be found in resistance to change. Resistance to change introduces costs and delays into the change process that are difficult to anticipate but must be taken into consideration. Undoubtedly the resistance to change is key topic in change management and should be seriously considered to help the organization achieve advantages of the transformation. Considering the importance of resistance to change, this paper aims to delve deeper in this field through theoretical exposition of the concept, elaborating more on the literature involving change, types of change coming up with the major reasons why change initiatives fail in some organizations. As the next step we define resistance and we classify its types and as the final analysis we introduce a new managerial approach for overcoming the resistance to change and ensuring the according-to-plan implementation of a change initiative.

Keywords: Change, Failure of Change Initiatives, Overcoming Resistance to Change

JEL Classification: L11, L1, L7, M11, M12, M1, M54, O1, O3, O32, P42, P24, P23, L17, Q31, Q32  

Suggested Citation

Tahbaz Tavakoli, Hamid and Ale Ebrahim, Nader and Golnam, Arash, Demystifying the Legend of Resistance to Change (April 6, 2008). IAMOT 2008: 17th International Conference on Management of Technology, April 6-10, 2008 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1803768

Hamid Tahbaz Tavakoli

The R&D Society of Iranian Industries and Mines ( email )

Tehran
Iran

Nader Ale Ebrahim (Contact Author)

Centre for Research Services, Institute of Management and Research Services (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM) ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
University of Malaya (UM)
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia

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University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, 50603
Malaysia

Arash Golnam

The Society of Iranian Industries & Mines - Research & Development Centers ( email )

Tehran
Iran

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