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Ethics Based Model for Change Management

Bashir, Jibran and Afzal, Sara (2008): Ethics Based Model for Change Management. Published in:

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Change is a common element present in all businesses despite of size, industry and age. Dynamic environment calls for a constant change and to be successful in today’s challenging business world it is vital for an organization to frequently evaluate the need for initiating changes. But along with the demands for change, critical questions regarding the ethics in change management must be recognized and dealt by those who initiate and implement the change. Ethics of change is the missing component in various change models, because during change process these models require sacrifice from employees, but do not show an equal willingness to sacrifice from the employer side (Matecko: 2007). After a study of different change models in ethical perspective, this paper gives a review of three selective change management models which focus on the processes of new changes in organization. The propositions made on the basis of literature review in order to emphasize this research are; firstly; The Ethics Perspective is absent in Lewin’s Model of Change Management. Secondly; the ADKAR Change Management Model does not discuss Ethics. Thirdly; the discussion of ethics is not present in Kotter’s 8 Step Model of Change Management. Finally this paper suggests a new Ethics based model for change management which is supposed to curtail down resistance to change from employees and also fulfill the corporate social responsibility of the organizations towards their employees. The application of this new ethics based change model may substantially increase the likelihood of successfully generating a lasting change.

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