Topic: Resistance to change



Discuss both of the following questions:

Why is resistance to change frequently demonised by managers, as a problem that must be managed?

What are the ethical implications of this and how else can resistance be understood?

Use examples from other sources, to illustrate your essay.

To answer these two essay questions, break them down into a set of sub-questions:

Drawing on your subject material (topic material, textbook, relevant required readings, online material) and your wider reading from the academic literature,

1. Identify and examine why employees resist change; critically discuss the range of different understandings of resistance in the literature; explain why managers frequently consider resistance as a problem that has to be managed.
2. From a critical perspective, examine the relationship between power and resistance in the context of organisational change.
3. Identify the key ethical issues associated with power and resistance, and drawing upon a relevant ethical framework, analyse the ethics of the managerial and of resistant positions.
4. Assess the implications of the managerial and of resistant positions for achieving an effective change management programme.
5. Draw conclusions that summarise your work and directly address the two essay questions.

You must follow an essay structure that is at a minimum:

an introduction that provides an overview of the key issues and argument of the essay;
a main body that uses relevant sub-headings,
a conclusion that summaries the essay and that directly answers the two essay questions,
a reference list.

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