TR Ltd is a manufacturing organization of medium size that is planning to make a change within the organization. The Board of Directors seem to be showing concern towards the levels of efficiency and output, and since recent time a decision has been reached upon for radically reorganizing the division of assembly in persuading the increased level of efficiency. The case reflects the attitude of managing director, human resource director, finance director and the director of production towards the implementation of change. This change is being implemented without even informing the members of the staff and they are not concerned about informing them even when it will result in influencing the assembly line workers.
Resistance to Change
Resistance towards change has been identified as one of the most significant factors that can impact the success related to changes in the organization that include new innovations in the technology, new structure of the organization and new policies. It has been indicated by Maurer 1996 that majority of the efforts for implementation of organizational change fail due to the lack of resistance towards change. Hence, resistance towards change is known to be one of the most significant factors of success or failure. Since recent times, resistance towards change has been focusing on the reaction of behaviour. As per Abolafia and Brower (1995), resistance is referred to as a specific type of inaction or action (Daft, 2010). However, Mael and Ashforth (1998) have defined resistance to change as intentional actions of defiance or commission or omission (Burke, 2011).
Managers having the responsibility to roll out an initiative of change often end up blaming the others due to the failure taking place in the initiative, instead of an acceptance of their own role in the failure. There are chances that the employees will be doing the same thing while the blame is assigned for the attempts in failed change towards the managers, instead of themselves (Carnall, 2007). To successfully deal with the resistance, the major factor is the ability of representing the change in an accurate manner, for describing the sources related to resistance within the individual, and for choosing and implementing the strategies as per what is appropriate in order to address and overcome this particular source.