Quinn and Bottom-up Change

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David Wilson
Manager, Canada

Quinn and Bottom-up Change

Quinn in his 1996 book "Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within" identifies that change occurs when you find the source of trouble. He also suggests that cultural change needs to start with personal change, even for the CEO. Quinn suggests organizations need to undo forces that want to preserve the status quo, especially if they involve the maintenance of hierarchies. He also suggests promoting technically competent and innovative people may not help change, if they do not understand the culture or politics of the organization.
Is it possible for the power of the leader to poison the workplace environment? I think it may. Sometimes resistance or barriers are created by a leader, who is not trusted or respected. Quinn appears to support bottom up change, as well as the need for transformational leaders. Pressure by leaders to conform, will result in resistance and often leads to failure of any change initiatives.

  cheryl yamazaki
Business Consultant, Australia

Bottoms Up!

Wonderful - it's about time, someone is singing my tune! When individuals understand that the real power lies with them ...

Professor, India


Change often starts from the top to the middle to the bottom. The top level puts forth the requirement of change. Middle...

  Marcus Webber
Strategy Consultant, United Kingdom

The Nature of Hierchical Effects

The issue is that of the fundamental instability that attends the nature of hierarchical power. See Sumantra Ghoshal, J...

  dagmar kokavcova
Professor, Slovakia

Bottom-up in Practice

As a good example of this approach I consider the Brazilian company Semco where Ricardo Semler implemented a succesful d...

  Sankaran Nambissan Poozhikunnath
Manager, Sultanate of Oman

Involving the Bottom Level in the Implementation

Change will be decided by the top level. They are successful if they can implement from the bottom level. An important t...

  Johnny Michael Tan
Management Consultant, Malaysia

Managing and Leading Change

Change starts from the top... Must involve top / middle management... Then cascade to the rank and file. Must have imper...

  Madan Gopal Agarwal
Business Consultant, India

Bottom-up or Top-Down Approach

In certain situations, 'bottom-up approach' is more appropriate, in certain other situations, 'top-down' is more appropr...

  Ron White
Teacher, United Kingdom

Achieving Consensus

I agree with Madan Gopal Agarwal that, basically, different situations call for different approaches to managing change....

  Barbara Wilson
Coach, France

Combine Bottom-up and Top-down Approach

I like this approach and remember it from my MBA study, and on the whole would support it. When I have been involved wit...

  Ian Straus
Analyst, United States

Quinn and Bottom-up Change

@David, re. "is it possible for the power of a leader to poison the workplace environment?" - of course it is. I have li...

  Rixon Campbell
United States

Merger of Top Down and Bottom- Up Approaches

One of the characteristics of a transformational leader is to share the vision, and then lead by example. Without top ma...

  Cindy Palomo
Manager, United States

All Levels are Needed

I don't think it's a question of one or the other (top-down or bottom-up). Each level within the organization has an imp...

  Motsi, Zimbabwe

Participation of All Levels

In my view, organisations must espouse the spirit of interdependence in order to secure synergistic advantages in any ch...

  Javier Elenes
Business Consultant, Mexico

A Warning Word About Employees Participation

Employees participation is good, but shall be focused on the HOW (how to implement), Asking WHAT (business goals) to e...

  Charles Peter
CEO, Kenya

Bottom - Up and Top Down Approaches Both Obsolete

My conviction is that both these approaches are becoming obsolete in the age we are in. Open door communication laterall...

  James Saw
Analyst, Malaysia

Change or Be Changed

Like it or not, every organization is like a living organism, it transforms and must transform according to its life cyc...

  Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan

Ripples Approach

Bottom up or top down approaches have their due roles and applicability; however what I see is if an organization applie...


Choose One Approach

Both approaches are having advantages as well as disadvantages. But I believe that if in a particular organization canno...

  Serkalem G.Kirstos
CEO, Ethiopia

Gaps in Bottom up

I do agree with a bottom-up approach but not in its entirety since people at the lower echelon of the company generally ...

  Nasir Cader
Student (Other)

Bottom-up Approach and Fear

Information and suggestions should flow from the counter to the ivory tower. However, those working at the counter are s...

  Odufowokan Adesina
Teacher, Nigeria

Bottom-up Approach Should be Systematically Applied

It`s an instrument for solving organizational problems to an extent but to a greater extent will be more effective and r...

  David Whitfield
Professor, United States

Combine Bottom Up and Top Down

I totally agree with Barbara Wilson regarding both top and bottom because when it comes to discussing, accepting, and im...


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