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Why is resistance to change frequently demonised as a problem that must be managed?
What are the ethical implications of this and how else can resistance be understood?
You may use examples from your own organisation to illustrate your essay.
1. Drawing on your subject material and wider reading from the academic literature, identify and examine why change is resisted, and why resistance is problematical as something to be managed.
2. From a critical perspective, examine the relationship between power and resistance in the context of organisational change.
3. Analyse the ethics of the managerial and of resistant positions.
4. Assess the implications of the managerial and of resistant positions for achieving an effective change management programme.
5. Draw conclusions that summarise your work and address the essay question.
You must follow an essay structure that is at a minimum an introduction; a main body that outlines the argument, analyses the material you have researched and assesses this according to the guidelines above, and a conclusion. Your writing style must follow professional literacy: Citations and a final reference list that follows the APA 6 guidelines accurately; the quality of writing and presentation: use of topic and linking sentences, and of connected paragraphs; accurate mechanics (spelling, grammar, punctuation etc.); use respectful language to discuss all people; avoid emotive language; employ inclusive, non-sexist language; not opinionated, i.e. support observations with evidence. A minimum of twelve appropriate citations/references should be used.

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