Short answer questions
, as well as
the following questions:
Discuss common reasons why change is resisted and how managers commonly view resistance.
Critically examine the key theoretical concepts of resistance considered in this subject and how they are
linked to the two key theoretical ontologies used in this subject.
Critically examine the relationship between power and resist
ance, and the ethical issues that th
relation to the managerial and resistant positions.
Critically discuss the implications of power and resistance for the role of the change agent in
, in both the dialogic
al and problem
centric approaches to change management
Reasons of change resistance
Following are the detailed discussion of common reasons for resistance of change in an organization: –
- Threat of power on company: when there is implementation of change process, there are specific groups or sectors of the company that get more power then other sector. Thus, some employees oppose to this kind of proposal or procedure where they can lose power on company level (Burke, 2017).
- There is threat of comfort: the change on company level in certain cases results in some level of discomfort and make the life of the workforce more challenging. They make a shift from the comfort of having a status quo towards level of discomfort because of new change.
Ways managers commonly view resistance
- Threat of power on a single phase: there are chances that the manager may resist change that can diminish the power and move it towards the subordinates. Thus, the threat of power is one the reasons for resistance.
- Loss of control by workforce: the process of change usually can decrease the amount of control that managers can perform. This way, manager can resist the changes especially when change process will need reduction of the control power (Fullan, 2014).
The classic example can be taken here from recent case of Uber expansion in various part of the world. conventionally taxis have been in a battle for the place in city transportation industry via strikes which left so many passengers stranded. However, the industry and many small taxi drivers resisted lately because of the rise of Uber and same kind of services but it is a futile effort to put any restriction on innovations.