Week 4 assignment successful change versus a dismal failure

Locate and discuss a scholarly article that describes a successful change initiative within an organization. Next, locate and discuss a scholarly article that describes a failed change initiative within an organization. Compare and contrast the implementation theories used for the change events discussed in the two articles. Provide a summation of what could have been done to make the failed initiative a success. 

Your paper should be three to four pages in length (excluding the title and reference pages). Your paper must be formatted according to APA style, and it must include references and in-text citations for at least two scholarly sources, in addition to the course text. 

Required Resources 

Text 

Palmer, I., Dunford, R., & Buchanan, D. (2017). Managing organizational change: A multiple perspectives approach (3rd ed.). Retrieved from https://www.vitalsource.com Recommended Resources 

Articles 

Büchel, B., & Moss, I. (2007). Using facilitation to drive change: The change leader’s guide. Perspectives for Managers, (150), 1-4. Retrieved from the ProQuest database. This article uses groups to facilitate change and provides a dialog for planning, guiding, and follow-up to change. It also entails a discussion on the importance of a strong change facilitator. 

Hung, D., Chen, V., & Lim, S. H. (2009). Unpacking the hidden efficacies of learning in productive failure. Learning Inquiry, 3(1), 1-19. Retrieved from the ProQuest database. This article provides a detailed review of productive failure from the angles of productive-nonproductive, success and failure, and a self-regulatory process. 

Langley, A., Smallman, C., Tsoukas, H., & Van De Ven, A. H. (2013). Process studies of change in organization and management: Unveiling temporality, activity, and flow. Academy Of Management Journal, 56(1), 1-13. Retrieved from the EBSCOhost database. This article focuses on the process of change and how and why things develop, emerge, grow or end over a period of time. 

Multimedia 

Center for Creative Leadership. (Producer) (n.d.). Leading in times of transition (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.ccl.org/leadership/podcast/transcript3.aspx?pageId=1576 This podcast takes a look at leadership skills and the importance of maintaining high standards during a time of transition.    

Grading Rubric 

Distinguished – Locates and thoroughly discusses an article describing a successful change initiative within an organization. 

Distinguished – Locates and thoroughly discusses an article describing a failed change initiative within an organization. 

Distinguished – Thoroughly compares and contrasts the implementation theories used for the change events discussed in the articles. 

Distinguished – Provides a comprehensive summary of what could have been done to make the failed initiative a success. 

Distinguished – Autonomously synthesizes or draws conclusions by combining examples, facts, or theories from multiple disciplines 

Distinguished – Distinguishes probable implications of the text for contexts, perspectives, or issues outside the assigned task or beyond the author’s explicit message.

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