Deciding Upon Change

I've just come across the Beckhard-Harris change model
For change of an organization to take place, the following must be true:

Dissatisfaction x Vision x First Steps > Resistance to Change

It strikes me that this may be relevant to climate change. Resistance to change in the may be high (depending on the steps and vision proposed); furthermore, dissatisfaction, vision and first steps may be lacking.

In the case of climate change, a further aspect is possibly lacking. In organization theory, the existence of an organization capable of choosing is usually not in doubt. In the case of climate change, on the other hand, it is not clear that we have the global organization to tackle this problem. So I propose the following adjustment to the model for cases where the existence and/or functioning (which may amount to the same thing) of an organization is in doubt:

'Agency' x Dissatisfaction x Vision x First Steps > Resistance to Change

'Agency' here is an a quantifying noun, meant in the philosophical sense as the 'capacity to make choices'.

1 comments:

pjdqwe said...

As always assuming a rational behaviour pattern. - That IMHO is rarely evident!