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Disadvantages of the Kotter Change Theory

I would like to know If someone thinks there are disadvantages to using the Kotter Change Phases theory?

  David Coates
Management Consultant, United Kingdom
 

Disadvantages of Kotter's Change Phases Theory

Having used Kotter for many years, with a good rate of success, the only thing I can say is that the process is good and logical which might give you a tendency to rely on it too much. I always need to pinch myself at some stage in the process and remember there are resisters out there who might say they 'get it' but either don't, or don't want to and can be explicit or implicit in frustrating what otherwise is accepted as a good plan of action.
In short, always look out for de-railers - even if all else says we are 'green for go'.

  Graham Cowle
Strategy Consultant, New Zealand
 

Disadvantage of Using the Kotter Change Sequence

First of all I have to say that I like Kotter's model. Thinking about disadvantages is the flip side the the advantages, I suppose: not doing the steps in order or leaving one out will mean the change will not work.
If the model is followed it could take a long time, and a business might not have that time. Also while going through each of the eight steps, if one is not worked through properly the 'resistance' to the change will beat the change program. Just some thoughts.

  focusprojectmanagement
Accountant, Australia
 

Caution: Kotters Change Sequence

My only caution with Kotter's sequence is that I have experienced major organisational backlash from a major change prog...

  David Coates
Management Consultant, United Kingdom
 

Kotter Change Stages - Caution 1

@Victor L. : I hear your caution and offer a few thoughts. Timing is everything as you say and it can be self-defeating ...

  David Coates
Management Consultant, United Kingdom
 

Kotter Change Stages - Caution 2

Yet the need for all this is preceded by the sense of urgency, (which is the why). For without that why should anyone ch...

  Stephen Rafferty, Ireland
 

Kotter Model Disadvantages (Cautions)

The key disadvantage for me is that the Kotter model is presented as a linear model with no scope for departing from the...

  David Coates
Management Consultant, United Kingdom
 

Careful with Linearity over Sequence

Revisiting is fine and of course often necessary. Whilst the model is presented in this linear fashion, there is no inte...

  Steven Locke
Strategy Consultant
 

Kotter Disadvantages

Kotter's model is an excellent and proven change process for organisation wide, transformational change. It can however...

  David Wilson
Manager, Canada
 

Top - Down versus Cyclical Approach

Kotter is a top-down model. It is typically viewed as a linear approach, but it may be better to view change using a cyc...

  Sylvia Grant
Consultant, Australia
 

Kotter's 8-Step Change Framework

@David Coates: Kotter's 8-Step is an excellent framework that is easily blended with other approaches. A favourite of mi...

  Goodhand
United Kingdom
 

Mixing ADKAR and Kotter

@Sylvia Grant: I found your suggestion to blend Kotter and ADKAR very useful. I am a nurse at at the beginning of my und...

 

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