Disadvantages of the Kotter Change Theory

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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.

Accountant, Australia

Caution: Kotters Change Sequence

My only caution with Kotter's sequence is that I have experienced major organisational backlash from... Sign up

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 ca... Sign up

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 ... Sign up

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 fo... Sign up

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 fashi... Sign up

Steven Locke
Strategy Consultant

Kotter Disadvantages

Kotter's model is an excellent and proven change process for organisation wide, transformational cha... Sign up

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 vie... Sign up

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 approache... Sign up

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... Sign up


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