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Reconsidering Change Management. Applying Evidence-Based Insights in Change Management Practice.

Ten Have, S., Ten Have, W., Huijsmans, A-B., Otto, M. (2017). Reconsidering Change Management. Applying Evidence-Based Insights in Change Management Practice. New York: Routledge.

very short summary

The book “Reconsidering Change Management” provides summaries of scientific evidence related to change. It bridges the gap between research and practice. By doing so, the book exposes the views of gurus and well-known change models.

some of my favourite lines

"We are inclined to interpret evidence in ways that confirm our existing beliefs and to ignore contrary evidence." (p.5)

"The scientific research literature does not support the assumption that 70 percent of all change initiatives fail. We therefore conclude that this claim is very unlikely to be true." (p.72)

"In 1984, Allaire and Firsirotu noted 164 definitions of organizational culture. It is used as an explanation for almost anything that is poorly understood in an organization." (p.139)

"But when the knowledge does exist and can be accessed, not using it is unforgiveable from a professional perspective." (p.179)

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to find an evidence based analysis of 'change readiness'

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if you are curious for evidence about 'resistance'

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to read about a new story of change, based on evidence

my personal opinion

This book challenged me profoundly. Throughout the years I got to learn about well-known models and I added my own flavour to those, based on my consultancy experience. To see that through the lens of scientific research was an eye-opener. And yes, I had to reconsider some of my materials.

Change management as a professional, evidence-based science is still in its infancy. I am cheering on future research and eager to apply new insights.

As change practitioners we have a profound impact on the lives and well-being of employees and their families. So it is our (goddamn) moral obligation to use all the available knowledge and be critical to fancy, well-sounding marketing ideas of the next change guru. 

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