Relevance of Change Management Theories?




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Drazen, Australia

Relevance of Change Management Theories?

My interpretation of change management theory in a practical sense is that change theories are never used, but are more sub-consciously instilled within managers. Although it could possibly be proved that some approaches which are implemented are based on some change management theories.

⇨ What relevance would you believe change management models and methods hold in a practical context? Do you as a manager ever even consider them?
 

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Adrian Labuschagne
CEO, South Africa
 

Relevance of Change Management Theories

I believe the theories are very sound - but only humans can induce change. Having participated in a number of large projects I am apt to agree that "bottom line" metrics override all other operational management considerations. In a country where we dismally failed at mass change management my view is that we must not "throw out the baby with the bathwater". But how do we make acceptance of change as a positive force practical?

 
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davide storni, Italy
 

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Arunas Beksta
management consultant and trainer, Lithuania
 

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Denis Cavallucci
Professor, France
 

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Brendan Dunphy
Business Consultant, France
 

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David Wilson
Manager, Canada
 

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Bomo Albert-Oguara
Manager, Nigeria
 

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Weijand
Manager, Netherlands
 

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Gary Uptigrove
HR Consultant, United States
 

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Geoff Atkinson, United Kingdom
 

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Corbette Doyle
Professor, United States
 

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Franz Barth, Austria
 

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James MacQueen
Consultant, United States
 

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Drazen, Australia
 

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David Wilson
Manager, Canada
 

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Keith Brockbank
Lecturer, United Kingdom
 

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David Bovis
Business Consultant, United Kingdom
 

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Rafael Acosta
Coach, United States
 

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Milind Kotwal
Consultant, India
 

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tan liong choon
Management Consultant, Singapore
 

Change Management Theory is an Essential Tool

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Lisa Buchan
Manager, New Zealand
 

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David Bovis
Business Consultant, United Kingdom
 

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David Wilson
Manager, Canada
 

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David Bovis
Business Consultant, United Kingdom
 

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Drazen, Australia
 

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Philip Oldfield
Project Manager, United Kingdom
 

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Schon Beechler, USA
 

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Roger Dugas, Canada
 

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David Wilson
Manager, Canada
 

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D P BABU
Strategy Consultant, India
 

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Drazen, Australia
 

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David Bovis
Business Consultant, United Kingdom
 

Relevance of Change Management Theories

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Drazen, Australia
 

Consider Behaviour in Change Theories!

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Schon Beechler, USA
 

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Rebecca Roe
United States
 

Change Theories are Tools You Can Use

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ravin albert
Manager, South Africa
 

Relevance of Change Management Theories

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Jon M. Huegli
Management Consultant, United States
 

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Bomo Albert-Oguara
Manager, Nigeria
 

Change Models Must Put People in the Center

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David Bovis
Business Consultant, United Kingdom
 

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temitayo olutoye
Student (MBA), Nigeria
 

Relevance of Change Management Theory

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ernest agbenohevi
Consultant, Ghana
 

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Jeff Washburn
Strategy Consultant, United States
 

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Marc Van de Velde
Management Consultant, Belgium
 

What Relevance Would You Believe Change Management Theory Holds in a Practical Context? do You as a Manager Ever Even Consider It?

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David Hodgen
Management Consultant, Australia
 

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Love Lonnroth
Management Consultant, Sweden
 

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Omondi
Manager, Kenya
 

Change Theories Fall Short of a More Messy Reality

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Maurice Hogarth
Consultant, United Kingdom
 

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Albin Xavier
Business Consultant, India
 

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Dr. Alan Williams
Professor, Thailand
 

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Joe Marchese
Business Consultant, United States
 

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PeterMaria van Herpen
Switzerland
 

Change Theory Never Used

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Dr. Arup Barman
Professor, India
 

We Need Change Theory to Transform Unplanned Into a Planned Change

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Dr. Alan Williams
Professor, Thailand
 

Using Change Management Theories Requires Reflection

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Molokanova
Professor, Ukraine
 

Relevance of Change Management Theory

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Francis Kabwechere
Management Consultant, Uganda
 

Relevance of Change Management Theories

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Kim Troll
HR Consultant, United Kingdom
 

Relevance of Change Management Theories Depends on the Organisational Context

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Bernice A
Ghana
 

Relevance of Change Management Theories

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Michael Manuel
Professor, Sweden
 

Who Said: There is Nothing More Practical than Good Theory

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