Origin of Force Field Analysis

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Sid Siegel, US

Origin of Force Field Analysis

I seem to remember from my early days in OD that Lewin based his model on engineering principles of force analysis taught in Statics and Dynamics of Forces in Mechanical Design. For example, in designing a bridge and determining how to support it you would try to find the load on the bridge, ie forces opposing the structure remaining stable, and thus the supporting forces needed to resit or balance the structure and keep it from collapsing, thus maintaining an equilibrium situation. Lewin applied this concept which primarily dealt with physical forces to more emotional and organizational forces for his model.

  Mick Walsh, Australia
 

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I understand - and I may be wrong - that Lewin visited Japan in the post-WWII rebuilding period and was taken to either a judo or sumo exhibition. That was where he discovered that one could use opposing forces to one's own advantage. Myth? I don't know. I would be interested in other comments.

  Michael King, Australia
 

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Lewin used FFA principles with Iowa (USA) housewives during World War 2 to reduce civilian consumption of rationed foods...

  Tim Reeks, UK
 

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I came across this concept when studying with the Open University, and the diagram was presented with 'resistance' bein...

  Robert, UAE
 

Origin of Force Field Analysis

Lewin developed this concept to help individuals understand what was holding them back from changing their situation. Or...

 

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