Resistance to change: a literature review and empirical study

Resistance to change: a literature review and empirical study This paper examines organizational change, focusing on the distinction of changes according to their scope and presenting a typology of evolutionary and strategic changes. It also offers an in‐depth study of resistance to change. Through empirical research, the paper analyzes the importance of the sources of resistance to change defined theoretically, and considers both types of changes. The article shows which sources of resistance differ most, according to the scope of change, offering hints about where organizations should pay special attention when initiating a change process. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Management Decision Emerald Publishing

Resistance to change: a literature review and empirical study

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2003 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0025-1747
DOI
10.1108/00251740310457597
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Abstract

This paper examines organizational change, focusing on the distinction of changes according to their scope and presenting a typology of evolutionary and strategic changes. It also offers an in‐depth study of resistance to change. Through empirical research, the paper analyzes the importance of the sources of resistance to change defined theoretically, and considers both types of changes. The article shows which sources of resistance differ most, according to the scope of change, offering hints about where organizations should pay special attention when initiating a change process.

Journal

Management DecisionEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 2003

Keywords: Organizational change; Resistance

References

  • Leadership in change and the wisdom of a gentleman
    Burdett, J.O.
  • The context and process of organizational transformation – Cadbury Limited in its sector
    Child, J.; Smith, C.
  • The three faces of corporate renewal: institution, revolution, and evolution
    Mezias, S.J.; Glynn, M.A.
  • Change and employee behaviour
    Schalk, R.; Campbell, J.W.; Freese, C.
  • Resistance: a constructive tool for change management
    Waddell, D.; Sohal, A.S.
  • Dynamics of strategic change: critical issues in fostering positive organizational change
    Zeffane, R.

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