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Organizations have distinct structures and cultures that influence their direction and reactions to change. Your director is thinking about proposing a new process for sales that represents a fairly large shift in the way things are currently done. The director would like to meet with you to discuss any possible resistance to the change that may originate from your organization's culture and structure. Prepare a general discussion document you will use to inform your director of the types of resistance to change that can come from different structures and cultures. Select one type of resistance to change that can come from organizational structure or culture and offer some suggestions on how to decrease the resistance.

Discuss the implications of organizational structure and culture.
? Identify the organizational behavior concepts and theories present in real business situations.

Instructor Comments: You are focused on resistance to change, and how organizational culture and structure can drive it. Requiring three sources.

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Different types of resistance can come from different structures and culture:

A highly mechanistic structure and bureaucratic culture make employees used to receiving formal command and control and thus, prevent them from becoming self reliant, innovative and thereby, create problems during change management programs as such employees are least flexible and least ready to change to a different work style.

Another type of resistance that persists among employees, especially managers and supervisors, that they will lose their control over their subordinates due to implementation of a new change. This is due to the fact that a centralized structure does not permit decision making and authority at all levels and thus, managers are often fearful about delegating authority or empowering their ...

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Select one type of resistance to change that can come from organizational structure or culture and offer some suggestions on how to decrease the resistance.

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