Discussion 2: Change Happens

Some people enjoy the challenges and creativity provided by constantly changing circumstances. However, for many individuals, change has a negative connotation and is laden with risk and uncertainty. Yet in today’s workplace, change has become a standard component. As discussed in this week’s resources, having a process in place to address change, whether it is anticipated or unplanned, helps to ensure its success.


To prepare for this Discussion:

Take a moment to reflect on your own workplace experiences and think about the changes that you have witnessed. For this Discussion, you should conduct additional research on the change process using the Walden Library.

As you do so, contemplate the following:

· Consider the concept of change and how it occurs. Is it always a formal process, or often does it just happen? Why?

· Consider the various types of change—for example, transformational, planned, unwelcome, or unexpected.

· Think about your own organization or community and what types of change you have seen take place or believe needs to take place, and then think about the change process and the pitfalls that can occur.


Then, review this week’s Learning Resources, especially:


Mathur, A. Employee motivation, adjustment and values as correlates of organizational change. Review of HRM, 2, 35-60


Beer, M., & Nohria, N. (2000). Cracking the codes of change. Harvard Business Review, 78(3), 133-141.


Appelbaum, S. H., Profka, E., Depta, A.M., & Petrynski, B (2018).


Assignment – 3-4 paragraphs:


Post a cohesive response based on your analysis of the Learning Resources and your professional experience. Be sure to discuss the following:


· Briefly describe a change you have experienced in an organization or in your community. Based on your experience and observation, be sure to discuss what went well and any barriers or pitfalls you observed.

· Analyze the steps taken during the experienced change. What steps do you think contributed to what went well, and what do you think could have been done to improve the outcome of the change?

· Examine how the type of change impacts (e.g., transformational, planned, unwelcome, or unexpected) the change process.

· As a result of what you have learned from your example and other experiences, as well as the readings and your research, examine how you will both manage and lead change.

· Analyze the difference between managing and leading change.

· No plagiarism

· APA citing