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Understanding Organizational Readiness for Change

Change readiness is the cognitive state that occurs when organizational members have positive attitudes, beliefs, and intentions toward the change (Armenakis, Harris, & Mossholder, 1993). Attaining a state of readiness is important to change leaders because those who are asked to undergo a change will be much more likely to accept the change; their resistance to the new directions and behaviors will be lower; and they will be, as a result, much more willing to embrace the change with commitment.

Change readiness is the first of the three cognitive states or conditions that people experience as th...


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A change initiative is more likely to succeed when people in the organization are “change ready.” You can develop strategies for fostering team members’ positive intentions, beliefs, and attitudes toward the change—and for overcoming any barriers that might stand in the way of success.