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Choosing to Change

An Alternative Understanding of Change Management, 1st Edition

By David Bentley

Routledge

110 pages

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Description

It is commonly quoted that the majority of change initiatives fail and equally common is the reasoning that failure is due to a lack of adequate planning and robust processes to deliver change to the organisation.

However, organisations cannot change it is only the people in the organisation, and those connected with it, that can change the way they work, think and behave.

Choosing to Change takes an alternative view of the change process, applying thinking from the studies of complexity to explore how change in organisations is driven by individual choice. How the totality of our individual experiences and our aspirations for the future shapes our thinking both consciously and unconsciously, setting out an approach that brings change by choice rather than process.

It is an exploration of how choice is the basis of all successful change programmes and how that affects the theory of change management. Through the reflections of those who have experienced change. This book tackles how our expectations of the future will determine the choices made and is a vital tool for managers, practitioners and advanced management students.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Experiencing Change: The Depot Manager’s story

Chapter 2: The Managed Approach to Change: the management view of the change process

Chapter 3: A Complexity View of Change: an alternative approach

Chapter 4: Facilitating Change: a story of change leadership

Chapter 5: Choosing to change in the face of the unknown

Chapter 6: Storytelling: the power and influence of narrative learning

Chapter 7: Putting choice at the centre of change management: easing the path to change

About the Author

Author

David Bentley

Seaton, Rutland, United Kingdom

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David Bentley is an independent Change Management Consultant, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire Business School, UK, and Management Trainer. He specialises in leading change, business improvement and leadership development for organisations from global companies to small businesses and charities.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS019000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Decision-Making & Problem Solving
BUS041000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management
BUS042000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management Science
BUS071000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Leadership
BUS085000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
BUS087000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Production & Operations Management
BUS101000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management
BUS103000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Development