Impact of personal style on change experience

Becker, Karen L. (2007) Impact of personal style on change experience. In Chapman, Ross (Ed.) 21st Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, 4-7 December, Sydney.


Resistance to change and the experience of individuals during change is increasingly of interest to those responsible for implementing change in organisations. This paper examines the experience of change at the individual level within a large corporation, and seeks to identify possible reasons for differing perspectives on change both before and after implementation based on an individual’s personal style. The results show that the extent to which individuals have a positive prior outlook is not influenced on the whole by an individual’s personal style. In relation to an individual’s assessment of a new way after change has been implemented however, personal style has been shown to have significant impact. In particular, the level of emotional reaction and short term focus of an individual presents challenges for anyone implementing change. Whilst there is little that can be done to change an individual’s personal style, it is critical that those responsible for the implementation of change recognise the increased likelihood of resistance from those with a higher level of emotional reaction, and those who lack a longer term focus, and identify possible strategies to manage this situation.

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ID Code: 11174
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the conference website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
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Keywords: Change, Transition, Change management, Organisational change, Resistance
ISBN: 1863081402
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 10 Dec 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:32

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