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Discussion 1: Class Café

The Class Café may be used on an ongoing basis throughout your course for discussions with your peers that do not necessarily relate to the formal content of this course. While your Instructor will be in the Café during the first week to interact with you in an effort to get to know you and your peers, this space is intended to be an informal place for peers to interact and, thus, your Instructor may not monitor this area of the classroom beyond Week 1. (NOTE: If your posting is of a personal nature or involves issues that are of concern only to you and requires an individual response from the Instructor, please e-mail the Instructor directly. If your question is of general interest and relates to the content of the course, please use the Contact the Instructor link so that everyone may benefit from the answer. Your Instructor will monitor this area of the classroom frequently.)

By Day 3

Post a paragraph introducing yourself to your peers. Your introduction must include the following:

  • Describe the type of organization for which you work, an organization at which you volunteer, or even a larger community of which you are a part.
    • Have you ever experienced a major change within this organization or community?
    • How well do you think the change was implemented? Any thoughts on what could have been done differently?

Return to the Café to greet your peers and continue a robust dialogue throughout the week.

Post by Day 3

To participate in this Discussion: Class Café

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:

Kotter, J. P. (2012). Leading change. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review Press. Chapter 1, “Transforming Organizations: Why Firms Fail”
Chapter 2, “Successful Change and the Force That Drives It”

Appelbaum, S. H., Profka, E., Depta, A. M., & Petrynski, B. (2018). Impact of business model change on organizational success. Industrial & Commercial Training, 50(2), 41. doi:10.1108/ICT-07-2017-0058
Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

Beer, M., & Nohria, N. (2000). Cracking the code of change. Harvard Business Review, 78(3), 133–141.
Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.
Note: This article was published in 2000, however it still provides relevant and critical information and is an important Learning Resource.

Mathur, A. (2013). Employee motivation, adjustment and values as correlates of organizational change. Review of HRM, 2, 35–60. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/1655998278?accountid=14872
Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

Walden University, LLC. (Producer). (2012a). Overview of the Kotter eight-stage process of change. Baltimore, MD: Author. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu

By Day 5

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.

Be sure to support your ideas by connecting them to the week’s Learning Resources as well as other credible resources you have read or to what you have observed and experienced.

General Guidance: Your original post, due by Day 5, will typically be 3 or 4 paragraphs in length, as a general expectation/estimate. Refer to the Week 1 Discussion 2 Rubric for grading elements and criteria. Your Instructor will use the rubric to assess your work.

Read a selection of your peers’ postings.

By Day 7

Respond to at least two of your peers’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

  • Compare your example to what your colleague presented and discuss how the similarities and differences further shape your thinking about change.
  • Offer ways you think following Kotter’s eight stages happened in your colleague’s example or the potential benefits if this process was more evident.
  • Compare your approach to managing and leading change to what your colleague presented and how those help you further your own thinking about how you will manage or lead change.
  • Examine what your colleague presented about how the type of change impacts the change process, and offer an example that you think illustrates your colleague’s position or extend your colleague’s thinking by providing additional insights.

ROCHELLE TARKINGTON

RE: Discussion 2 – Week 1

COLLAPSE

  • Consider the concept of change and how it occurs. Is it always a formal process, or often does it just happen? Why? When an organization wants to start a change, planning need to start at least a year in advance, Edmonds (2011) states that change takes time and effort, First, changes in the business model are assumed to be more fundamental in economic terms than most other types of changes. Teece (2010) recognized that “changing the business model unsettles a whole series of elements within and across the firm’s external boundaries that are foundational to its economic logic, which follows plainly from the fact that business models pertain to the very logic of how organizations create, deliver, and capture value” (van den Oever and Martin, 2015).
  • Consider the various types of change—for example, transformational, planned, unwelcome, or unexpected. Change can be perceived as a challenge or an opportunity and triggers positive emotions such as excitement, enthusiasm, and creativity (Goleman, Boyatzis &. McKee 2002). Change can also, however, be threatening and create negative emotions such as anger, fear, anxiety, cynicism, resentment, and withdrawal (French 2001).

Developmental change may be either planned or emergent, Transitional change seeks to achieve a known desired state that is different from the existing one. It is episodic, planned, second-order, or radical. Transformational change is radical or second-order in nature. It requires a shift in assumptions made by the organization and its members. Clearly, change poses significant challenges, both to those who implement and those who are affected by the change (O’Neill & Lenn 1995

  • 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.

I would say, in my community, a private citizen wanted to have a boarding house, for prisoners re-entering the community. They wanted to provide home, job training, and a place where parolees can get back on their feet and have a fresh start. It was a nice gesture to help former prisoners, they just didn’t have a plan. They didn’t talk to neighbors and didn’t consider a school was in the area, even though there were no child predators going to the home. I just thought they didn’t go through the process and do the resources that were needed. After the community got win wind of what was going to be done they fought it and won, the owner didn’t want to fight the community

References

Edmonds, J. (2011), “Managing successful change”, Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 43 No. 6, pp. 349-53.

Teece, D.J. (2010), “Business models, business strategy and innovation”, Long Range Planning, Vol. 43 No. 2, pp. 172-94, cited in van den Oever, K. and Martin, X. (2015), “Business model change: Managerial roles and tactics in decision-making”, in Baden-Fuller, C., and Mangematin, V. (Eds), Advances in Strategic Management, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 387-420.

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