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Upcoming events

    • September 22, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Spectrum Bridgewater Place, 333 Bridge St. NW, 4th floor, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Understanding Resistance to Change: Its Sources and Process

    Research has demonstrated that one third of organizational change efforts fail, and as many as two thirds do not meet their intended objectives. The leading cause for this failure rate is our resistance to change. In this session, Dr. David Szabla presents a multi-dimensional view of human resistance to organizational change that captures resistance in all its complexity.

    Participants will:

    • Gain a deep understanding of how beliefs, emotions, and intentions interact with one another and generate a behavior toward a change.
    • Explore the content of the change, the processes used to lead change recipients through a change, and the context of the change (the internal and external conditions surrounding the change) trigger reaction.
    At the end of the session, participants will not only have a deeper understanding of resistance to organizational change, but will have learned about change leadership practices that can bring about more successful change.

    ATD Competency Model: Change Management

    8:00 am - Opening Remarks

    8:10 am - Dr. David Szabla

    8:55 am - Speed Networking

    About the Presenter
    Dr. David Szabla leads the Master of Arts in Organizational Change Leadership Program at WMU where he teaches courses in group dynamics, large-scale organizational change, and organization design. His research and writing centers on resistance to change and the relationships among the content, process, and context of organizational change. Recently, Dr. Szabla completed a study that explored the relationship between change agent strategy and organizational change content. He is also developing and validating two measures: one that assesses perception of change strategy as perceived by those undergoing an organizational change and one that assesses receptivity to organizational change along cognitive, emotional, intentional, and behavioral dimensions. Dr. Szabla is chief editor of a new Palgrave McMillan Handbook titled, The Handbook of Great Organizational Change Thinkers. The handbook introduces readers to the treasures of thought about change in organizations by profiling the great thinkers of organizational change from Lewin to Scharmer. Dr. Szabla’s consulting expertise centers on organization design, leadership development, change management, learning systems design, process reengineering, and strategic communication design. He has been published in Research in Organizational Change and Development, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Emergence: Complexity and Organization, and The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture, and Change Management. He is a member of the Management Consulting and Organization Development and Change Divisions of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the International Leadership Association.

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