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Unfreezing change as three steps: Rethinking Kurt Lewin’s legacy for change management

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dc.contributor.author Bridgman, T.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-19T22:07:10Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-11T21:40:17Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-19T22:07:10Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-11T21:40:17Z
dc.date.copyright 2016
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/20330
dc.description.abstract Kurt Lewin’s ‘changing as three steps’ (unfreezingchangingrefreezing) is regarded by many as the classic or fundamental approach to managing change. Lewin has been criticized by scholars for over-simplifying the change process and has been defended by others against such charges. However, what has remained unquestioned is the model’s foundational significance. It is sometimes traced (if it is traced at all) to the first article ever published in Human Relations. Based on a comparison of what Lewin wrote about changing as three steps with how this is presented in later works, we argue that he never developed such a model and it took form after his death. We investigate how and why ‘changing as three steps’ came to be understood as the foundation of the fledgling subfield of change management and to influence change theory and practice to this day, and how questioning this supposed foundation can encourage innovation. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Management Education en_NZ
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1177/1052562916662103
dc.rights.uri https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/journal-author-archiving-policies-and-re-use-1 en_NZ
dc.subject changing as three steps, change management, Kurt Lewin, management history, Michel Foucault en_NZ
dc.title Unfreezing change as three steps: Rethinking Kurt Lewin’s legacy for change management en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Victoria Management School en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 150311 Organisational Behaviour en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Journal Contribution - Research Article en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 359999 Other commerce, management, tourism and services not elsewhere classified en_NZ
dc.rights.rightsholder SAGE Publications en_NZ

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