Page 1 An Unplanned change Cari Spier HCS/587 November 28, 2011 Barbara P. Carter Page 2 An Unplanned Change Change is making something different from the way it was. It can be planned or unplanned. Unplanned change can bring about resistance. In the Tales of Woe at Concord Bookshop (Mehegan, 2003), resistance was met at full force. The owners of the bookshop made an unplanned change to restructure the management team due to a financial slide. Instead of having three tenured managers they hired one general manager from the outside.
The current staff of the bookshop would remain, no jobs would be lost, and however the three managers would be demoted to staff level. This created resistance among the staff resulting in many choosing to resign. Resistance to change may arise from two sources: organizational barriers and individual barriers (Spector, 2010). Some individual barriers that I see occurring in the Concord Bookshop incident are fear of the unknown; managers failing to furnish realistic information in a timely fashion can add to an employee’s uncertainty (Spector, 2010).
A second barrier would include reduction in personal need fulfillment; lacking an understanding of management’s intentions often leads to a disruption of employee’s expectations (Spector, 2010). This resulted in some Concord Bookshop staff to resign. The owners made no attempt to discuss their financial situation or plan to change management to the staff. With a planned change, the process should be a smooth transition to an achievable goal.
Unplanned change, on the other hand, leads to unplanned outcomes and the inability to achieve goals. If organizations would practice by the three steps in Lewin’s change theory, a planned change could bring about a positive result. The three steps are the unfreezing phase, the moving phase and the refreezing phase (Spector, 2010). The unfreezing phase is when you find a problem that needs to be solved. Then you try to determine if there will be any resistance in creating the change.
In the Concord Bookshop incident, the owners found the problem which needed to be changed but did not present it to staff prior to the change therefore resistance was met. In the unfreezing phase you try to reduce the amounts of resistance not increase it. In the moving phase, you find a solution that can resolve the problem and bring about change. The owners of the Concord Bookshop felt they had the right solution needed to bring about the change but didn’t share it with staff.
Finally, in the refreezing phase, you see if the change was positive for staff. If the result is positive, then the change can be made permanent. The Concord Bookshop owners made a permanent change without the evaluation from staff resulting in a negative permanent change for the Concord Bookshop. Page 3 References Spector, B (2010). Implementing organizational change: Theory into practice (2nd ed). Upper SaddleRiver, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. Mehegan, D (2003). “Tales of Woe at Concord Bookshop”. December 23, 2003 p E1. Boston Globe