Strategies for Change Management

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There are four basic definitions of change management highlighted by Fred Nickols, task management is one of the definitions and it refers to change management as undertaking planned changes in a systematic manner, the other definition is professional change management and it refers to change management as a professional practice whereby these professionals undertake change management on behalf of their clients.


The fourth explanation defines change management as a control mechanism. (Nickols (2008))
Fred Nickels states that change management is a process that involves moving from one state to another. Change management occurs in three strategies namely the unfreezing stage, the changing stage and the refreezing stage. (Nickols (2008))
For the core units the individuals will have the how questions, for the perimeter units individuals will have the and how questions, for the buffer units individuals will have what questions and finally for top managers they will have what questions. (Nickols (2008))
In an organization there exist resistance to change; the degree of resistance will depend on the number of individuals in the organization, political issues in the organization and whether the organization depends on the people. If the degree of resistance is high then the power coercive strategy or those environmental adaptive strategies are the most appropriate strategy and if resistance is low then the other strategies are appropriate. (Nickols (2008))
Time available to implement change will influence decisions, when time is limited then the power coercive strategy is the moist appropriate but if time is abundant than the other strategies can be applied. (Nickols (2008))
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