dq 1Resistance to Change (graded)When Jorge Maldonado became general manager of the local civic recreation center, he realized that many changes would be necessary to make the facility a true community resource. Having the benefit of a new bond issue, the center had the funds for new equipment and expanded programming. All he needed to do now was get the staff committed to the new initiatives. Unfortunately, his efforts have been met with considerable resistance to change. A typical staff comment is, â€œWhy do we need all these extras? Everything is fine as it is.â€ How can Jorge deal with the employeesâ€™ resistance to change to enable him to move the change process along?dq 2Empowering Teams: Fact Versus Fiction (graded)Over the last three weeks, we have focused very much on leadership, power, organizational culture, and organizational change. Our case study for the week is a great synthesis piece that addresses all of these topics through a detailed study of a firm’s attempted move to team-based management. The article is Diagnosing Whether an Organization Is Truly Ready to Empower Work Teams: A Case Study, by Bergmann, Thomas J., De Meuse, Kenneth P., Human Resource Planning, 1996, Vol. 19 Issue 1, pages 38â€“47. Articles can be obtained from the University’s Library located in Course Home/Student Resources.As you read through the report, pay close attention to the discussion about Harley-Davidson and Shelby Die Casting and their eventual conclusions about how to manage resistance to change. Also, keep in mind our OCI material from Week 6 and think about the process from a cultural change perspective. And of course, pay close attention to the lessons for top management presented at the end.A few opening topics for this week’s discussion:Assess the process from the model for planned change. What did the company do right? What more might have been done to prepare for the change?What are your thoughts on Harley-Davidsonâ€™s resolution for resistance to change? Do you support the conclusions of the management team? Why or why not?Share with the class what you found most interesting about the article and why. Compare and contrast the case studyâ€™s findings with our discussions and the information from our text. As always, but particularly given the synthesis nature of our discussion this week, be certain to read, consider, respond, and probe your classmatesâ€™ thoughts and ideas. This is a great opportunity for us all to weave together many of the topics weâ€™ve covered this session.
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