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A Response to Critique of the Refreeze Step in Lewin’s Model of Organizational Change from the Viewpoint of Organizational Behavior

McAleese, Irene, Creed, Andrew and Zutshi, Ambika 2013, A Response to Critique of the Refreeze Step in Lewin’s Model of Organizational Change from the Viewpoint of Organizational Behavior, International Journal of the Academy of Organizational Behavior Management, vol. January-March 2013, no. 4, pp. 104-124.

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Title A Response to Critique of the Refreeze Step in Lewin’s Model of Organizational Change from the Viewpoint of Organizational Behavior
Author(s) McAleese, Irene
Creed, Andrew
Zutshi, Ambika
Journal name International Journal of the Academy of Organizational Behavior Management
Volume number January-March 2013
Issue number 4
Start page 104
End page 124
Total pages 21
Publisher North American Institute of Science and Information Technology
Place of publication Toronto, Ont.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1927-5668
1927-565X
Keyword(s) Lewin
Change
Refreeze
Sustainability
System
Management
Organizational behavior
Summary Problem Statement
This paper responds to criticism of Kurt Lewin’s three step model of organizational change in increasingly turbulent environments. It explores whether the refreeze step of Kurt Lewin’s notable three step model is still applicable to organizational change processes in the age of globalisation and digitalisation.

Method
Literature review and critical analysis of applied examples are used to provide an overview of Kurt Lewin’s three-step change model. Authors’ observations and reflections are integrated in the discussion. The changing contemporary environment and the implications for the refreeze step of Lewin’s model are accordingly discussed.

Conclusions
The paper concludes that a balance of stability and movement; of discrete and emergent change; is the reality for today’s organizations, and forms the touchstone for Lewin’s formulation of change theories. Alignment is observed between notions of desired equilibrium in Lewin’s model and the contemporary underpinnings of sustainability. Technology and the modern pace of organizational change are also factors to consider. There has hence been an adaptation of his theoretical heritage that is current and sufficiently robust to withstand the criticisms of the refreeze stage.
Language eng
Field of Research 150311 Organisational Behaviour
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, North American Institute of Science and Information Technology
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061169

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