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The Virtual Project Management Office by Wanda Curlee, Robert L. Gordon

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  Chapter 5

CHANGE

Change is the great equalizer in society, for it creates a new set of rules in life and in organizations. Organizational change can make an experienced person who is valued by an organization into a novice. This can be difficult to accept and is often resisted fiercely by those who are most adversely affected by the change. In the past, workers, soldiers, and seamen were promoted for following orders and moving forward toward their assigned goal. Now, change happens so quickly that rarely will a person be able to follow a straight path towards a goal. Today, it is important to move with change, rather than try to resist it in an attempt to stay on a set path.

A metaphor can help explain the elements of organizational change. ...

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