6 Key Stages of Change Management
Dr. Agus Setiawan

PhD Graduate and result-oriented Director with 25 years experience with involvement in all levels of Business Strategy, Sales and Marketing, Managing Project and Product Development. Aside of managing a company, he is also the best corporate trainer and public speaker in seminar and conference.

6 Key Stages of Change Management

Change is a complex process. Organization must consider many issues when approaching an opportunity to change or bring about change. The need for change management skills is a constant in the quickly changing world of organizations. Further, these are several key stages of change management, namely:


In this stage, one or more people in the organization realize the need for change. There is a nagging feeling that something is not right. This awareness can come from many sources, both inside and outside of the organization. It can also occur at any level in the organization.


On this stage, people in the organization begin to investigate options for change. They begin to create a vision or picture of what the organization could look like after the changes. They should also determine, at this stage, the readiness of the organization to change.


At this stage, change agents in the organization decide upon the course of change. Create a vision of where the organization should be and could be in the future. Planning and definition of major strategies occur during this stage of the change process.


In this stage, the organization begins the changes. The organization must have goals for the change and strategies for reaching those goals. This is the stage where personal reactions are more likely to occur.


At this stage, the change is managed and moves forward. Recognize that all will not go perfectly. Change always takes longer than anticipated. Change activities are ignored as employees tackle their day-to-day responsibilities.


In this stage, the changes become the norm and are fully adopted. This may take years after organizational changes are initiated. When the changes have been successfully integrated into your organization, a new employee would not realize that the organization had changed.


To sum up, by knowing and understanding key stages of change management, it will be beneficial to help the organization in building and managing their organizational changes to be a lot better, in which lead to the organizational development and advancement.

Heathfield, S. M. (2020). 6 Change Management Stages. New York, USA: The Balance Careers.

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