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3. Provide some examples of situations in which resistance to change ended in a positive alternative. This question is intended to get students to think about change overall, and especially the first step - create a vision. This means that change has to be approached objectively. It probably is not good to change just for the sake of change. There needs to be an important purpose for change. Otherwise, change could be very detrimental to an organization. If there is not a vision, or good reason for change, then people may well resist it. In that case, resistance could be positive. Also, resistance to change could force deeper analysis and/or the surfacing of alternative solutions that might have otherwise been ignored. 4. Suggest ways in which a manager can maintain a culture. To practice your oral communication skills, prepare a presentation using some examples from the organization in which you work or one that you are familiar with. This refers to the idea of refreezing. After there has been a change, then new goals, policies, and rules need to be established that are in line with the change. Also, behavior that is needed for the change has to be identified, explained, and rewarded. This includes incorporating the wanted behavior into performance appraisals. Finally, the behavior of the manager is a very strong guide to what behavior is expected. The manager must set a good example. 5. Why do people resist change? Write a brief paper that gives some examples of this concept. According to the textbook, people resist change for the following reasons: they may believe that change is not in their best interest; they may be threatened by the change; or they may feel inadequate and fear that change will expose their personal weaknesses. Students may have their own ideas about why people resist change. Encourage students to share their own observations of why people resist change, even when the change seems to be in their best interest. 6. Describe the major differences between cultures in a. a high school and a college or university b. different college or university classes c. different campus organizations d. a government (public) organization and a private organization Students’ responses will vary depending on their own experiences, but there should be some common themes that are evident in all the responses. It may be useful to refocus students on the beliefs and values represented by the various cultures if they tend to concentrate too much on the artifacts of the cultures. 152
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Chapter 10: Organizational Culture and Change 7. In a small group, discuss each of these settings and report your findings to the class. The intent of this exercise is to encourage students to dig into some details about culture; to see why different groups/organizations have different cultures. Some main reasons include the purpose, or mission, of the group, the principles and values of influential people in the group, etc.
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