1: Compare and contrast the concepts of environmental and organizational pressure. How do these pressures affect an organization?
2: Identify a contemporary organization that is currently dealing with an organizational or environmental pressure that has the potential to be disruptive to the organization. Describe the organization and the pressure it currently faces. Provide two potential actions the organization can take in order to respond to the pressure, and describe the potential consequences of each response.
3: Discuss the purpose of using a diagnostic instrument/model to help manage change. Describe the key aspects that an instrument/model should effectively identify or outline in order to facilitate change.
4: Compare and contrast two different diagnostic tools presented in the textbook that you believe would work well to manage change in your industry or organization. Why are these the best tools for your industry or organization?
5: Describe the difference between a vision statement and a mission statement. What is the purpose of each statement? Provide an example of a strong vision and mission statement used by an organization today. What qualities do these have that make them strong statements?
6: Describe the attributes that make a vision meaningful to stakeholders. Discuss why a vision may need to change
7: Discuss the reasons why stakeholders resist the implementation of change. What are some of the signs indicating that there is a resistance to change within an organization?
8: Discuss three different approaches that managers can use to address or minimize resistance to the implementation of change. What determines the approach an effective manager uses with stakeholders? What approaches would be best received by stakeholders in your industry or organization?
9: Research current change models used by organizations to facilitate change. Compare and contrast two models. Describe the overall approach and goal of each model. What are the similarities and differences?
10: Identify a change model that would effectively help implement change in your industry or organization. Outline the strategy you would implement.
11: Discuss the importance of communication during organizational change. Describe two effective communication strategies for communicating change that are relevant to internal and external stakeholders.
12: Describe the four skills involved in effective communication described in the textbook. Discuss which skill you need to better develop, and how you will develop this skill to improve as a professional in your field
13: Discuss the difference between the appearance of change and change that has been adopted into the organization’s culture. Describe the signs of sustainable change. What methods help sustain change?
14: Discuss some of the unpredictable challenges that can occur when change is implemented. How can these affect sustainability? How can a manager prepare for these outcomes?