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Barriers to change: a case study of selected units of Southern Rajasthan.


Driven by internal as well as external factors, Indian organizations are resorting to strategic changes through organizational restructuring, opening new vistas for experts, strengthening the market strategies, distribution network, revamping the product-mix and concentrating on core manufacturing operations Manufacturing operations concern the operation of a facility, as opposed to maintenance, supply and distribution, health, and safety, emergency response, human resources, security, information technology and other infrastructural support organizations. . A large number of organizations have to go through the same phase. Change is a continuous process for growth and development of each and every organization. For successful change Implementation, understanding organizational dynamics is important. A diagnostic approach is required to monitor the process at the micro level with the common aim of improving the organization's effectiveness. It has to develop adaptability in the organizational variables so that the organization is able to survive and grow in the effects of changes. In order to do this, management has to introduce work related changes in the organization, which are generally resisted by the people because he fears the new and the unknown and partly because adapting to new ideas is an arduous and pain staking process. Change is inevitable, so is resistance to change. The perceived threat stemming from a change may be real or imagined, intended or unintended direct or indirect, large or small, regardless of the nature of change. Resistance to change implies human lags in understanding change, unwillingness and ability to absorb the volume and pace of change, to make the necessary psychological and other adjustments. Although people tend to resist changes, this tendency is offset by their desire for new experiences and for the rewards that come with change (Clark Liz, 1994). Certainly, not all changes are resisted; employees actively seek some, others are so terminal and resistive resistive /re·sis·tive/ (re-zis´tiv) pertaining to or characterized by resistance.  that resistance, if any, is too weak to be evident. People's readiness to change is due to quite distinct forces, which act on them. These are the forces within the individual himself or herself. The combination of these factors gives deceptions of something, which may be called for the degree of felt security. There is even evidence that the maturational mat·u·ra·tion  
1. The process of becoming mature.

2. Biology
a. The processes by which gametes are formed, including the reduction of chromosomes in a germ cell from the diploid number to the haploid number
 levels and most importantly Adv. 1. most importantly - above and beyond all other consideration; "above all, you must be independent"
above all, most especially
 self-esteem play important parts in their readiness for change. These are forces within the system, which include the culture and climate of the organization and the present consequences of success and failure within the organization (Griffin 1999). Resistance to change can only be overcome through efforts of the people (Tayson et al., 1997).

In the longitudinal study longitudinal study

a chronological study in epidemiology which attempts to establish a relationship between an antecedent cause and a subsequent effect. See also cohort study.
 of variables affecting readiness for change, Cunningham et al., (2002) cite a range of studies that have identified workplace contributions to readiness for organizational change, including feeling empowered in one's job, believing one possesses the skills, attitudes and opportunities to manage change, which in turn affect work-related self-efficacy, and social support. According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 Clarke (1994), work on companies that were trying to transform their organizations in order to cope with dramatic market and environmental change, He found that organizational discoveries coincided with a period of personal change where an individual found himself struggling with the issues of challenging old assumption, letting go and moving on. He found that journey of personal change and organizational change are much the same and that learning's in one area can support the other. The Essence of change is about how to make change happen, building corporate experiences of successful and unsuccessful change and providing practical insight into the process of change. The sad fact is that, even the most powerful leaders are highly dependent on the capacity of the organization and the people they lead to produce the changes they require. It is only by making understand how people can work without organization, that we can create sustainable change. Study by Lewin (1951) shows that changes in attitude and behavior can more effectively be brought through participation rather than by lecture or individual instructions. Several Empirical studies Empirical studies in social sciences are when the research ends are based on evidence and not just theory. This is done to comply with the scientific method that asserts the objective discovery of knowledge based on verifiable facts of evidence.  show that significant changes in human behaviour can be brought rapidly only if the persons who have the thoughts of change participate in deciding what the change shall be and how it shall be introduced. In the absence of participation 'not' invented here Invented Here is an opposite of "Not Invented Here" that occurs when management of an organisation is uncomfortable with innovation or development conducted in-house. Reasons why this might be the case are varied, and range from a lack of confidence in the staff within the  syndrome works and people resist change. In order to overcome the resisting forces of change, Kotter and Schlessinger (1979) has given ways of overcoming resistance to change. More than one of these techniques may be used in any of the given situation such as allowing people to express their apprehensions, fears and doubts about proposed change. It will encourage change process. Education and communication i.e. when there is lack of information, whole group should be informed of the change programme even if change affects few employees. Take leaders (Union, supervising executives) into confidence, as they may be able to convince members. Participation with the involvement of employees in change programme as they will become committed to implementing change. Wherever feasible negotiate and reach to an agreement with the union, as union has considerable power of resistance. The present study has focused on the business organizations in Southern Rajasthan and the main objectives of the study are:

* To examine the factors opposing the introduction of change in the organizations.

* To study the level of variation of barriers to change with respect to different categories of business organizations.

Research Methodology

To obtain a comprehensive understanding of barriers to change in the selected Units of Southern Rajasthan a detailed questionnaire was prepared. The questionnaire was pilot tested in the units selected. Based on feedback, appropriate alternates where made to finalize fi·nal·ize  
tr.v. fi·nal·ized, fi·nal·iz·ing, fi·nal·iz·es
To put into final form; complete or conclude: "They have jointly agreed ...
 the questionnaire on exhaustive database of representative units. For the purpose of our study, Southern Rajsthan is divided into three distinct divisions and two units of each type based on New Economy Units, Manufacturing Units, and Mining Units have been chosen from the same. The research design chosen for the study was of exploratory type. Stratified stratified /strat·i·fied/ (strat´i-fid) formed or arranged in layers.

Arranged in the form of layers or strata.
 purposive pur·po·sive  
1. Having or serving a purpose.

2. Purposeful: purposive behavior.

 sampling technique is used for the purpose of sampling. The samples of respondents for this study consist of 240 executives of Top and Middle level management executives and 150 Operational level employees. Both the sample consists of a wide cross section of respondents from each unit to make them a representative. The hypothesis framed were:

[H.sub.0]1: There is no significant difference among the categories of units selected with respect to the factors of resistance at "group level".

[H.sub.0]2: There is no significant difference among the categories of units selected with respect to the factors of resistance at "Organizational Level".

[H.sub.0]3: There is no significant difference among the categories of units selected with respect to the factors of resistance at "Aggregate level of Organizational Behaviour (OB)".

[H.sub.0]4: There exists no significant difference of job insecurity among workers due to automation and non autonomation (Structure, Task and People behaviour changes), of jobs.

[H.sub.0]5: There exists no significant difference between the Initial stage resistance and later stage resistance (Mid stage or final stage) among the employees in the organization regarding implementation of change process.

Results and Discussion

A glance at the Table 1 and Table 2 reveals that all the null hypothesis null hypothesis,
n theoretical assumption that a given therapy will have results not statistically different from another treatment.

null hypothesis,
 are accepted at critical value of F-distribution at 5% level of significance showing that there is no significant difference between categories of units selected and factors of resistance to change at group level, organizational level and aggregate of whole levels. It indicates that all factors of resistance to change are equally important to all categories of Units Selected. From Table 3 it can be analyzed that barriers to change process are the factors in the organization, which results in creating a type of fear in the minds of individual for change introduction. This type of fear is generated in the minds of individual highly due to set mindset mind·set or mind-set
1. A fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person's responses to and interpretations of situations.

2. An inclination or a habit.
, selective perception and fear of increasing stress and to some extent because of fear of achieving targets and habit. It can be interpretated that reasons of individual's resistance to change are highly due to their desire for security and lack of technical know-how. Sometimes inability of learning new skills and fear of achieving targets are also equally important. Generally, individuals have certain set hindrances within themselves because of which they oppose the change based on selective perception, mindset and habit, which prohibit them to take changes as factor for their survival. So it is necessary to take them into confidence through training and development and proper communication, prior to introduction of change. Sometimes groups also put barriers in the path of change implementation because of informal group pressure and high group cohesiveness and leadership, informal group norms and insecurity of achieving group targets. These factors of change can lead to lack of social make-up of the individual. Sometimes organization to which individual or group belongs, also opposes the changes due to limited managerial focus of change or fear of loosing effectiveness and personality conflicts. To some extent threat to establishment of resource allocation resource allocation Managed care The constellation of activities and decisions which form the basis for prioritizing health care needs , demand of stability and uncertainly of future also plays an equally important role. Creating broad vision, creative and reflexive (theory) reflexive - A relation R is reflexive if, for all x, x R x.

Equivalence relations, pre-orders, partial orders and total orders are all reflexive.
 thinking and risk taking behavior can remove all these barriers at the managerial level. Generally people have the perception that change creates job insecurity among the workers, but they are not exactly clear about the fact which type of change results in more job insecurity. It can be revealed from the Table 4 that maximum amount of job insecurity is created by automation of jobs (i.e. technological changes). Role and reporting relationships and changes in the process and skills required for the jobs creates less amount of insecurity comparatively. This is same for all units of Southern Rajasthan expect for the manufacturing and mining units where maximum job insecurity results from change in task. From the result of the Table 5, the Null hypothesis is found to be invalid at critical value of t at 5% level of significance showing that there exists significant difference between automation and non autorotation Autorotation is the phenomenon which results in the rotation of and lift generation by a rotorcraft's primary rotor through purely aerodynamic forces, under certain conditions.  (Structure, Task and People behaviour changes) creating more job insecurity among workers. It can also be interpreted from the table that there exists a significant difference in the level of resistance at initial stage and later stage (mid stage or final stage) of change implementation in the organizations, rejecting null hypothesis at 5% level of significance.


The change process in the units of Southern Rajasthan doesn't exist in a vacuum. It must be responsive to the major corporate changes as well. Even the main changes in each type of units are also highly affected by the type of changes at the corporate level. The investigation has concluded that the barriers to change are a natural process and Units of Southern Rajasthan is no more exception to it. Even though changes are introduced in these organizations, but not at high levels. Regarding reasons for resistance to change, it is concluded that individual resist changes because of desire for security, limited technical knowledge and inability of learning new skills, at the higher extent and fear of achieving targets, selective perceptions, stress, mindset and habits at lower extent. Group of people resist changes because of loss of group cohesiveness, leadership and informal group norms in the units of Southern Rajasthan. Organizational reasons of resistance to change include limited focus of change and fear of loosing effectiveness. The barriers in the introduction of change process in the organization (factor-wise and aggregate) are same independent of the categories of the units selected.

Limitations and Scope for Future Work

This study is limited to only few categories of selected units of Southern Rajasthan and not all sectors of units are bought under the gamut See color gamut.

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 of the study. An emphasis is laid down on the factors leading to resistance to change however the relative influence of various factors of resistance to change on each type of units selected have not been studied. The future work may focus on the following areas:

* Since the organizational change is gaining importance now a day therefore studies on different dimensions of change and there impact on organizational effectiveness in the whole state may be undertaken.

* The geographical boundaries of the study may be extended to India.

* Separate study on different aspects of change and its impact on different sectors of the organizations or corporate may be undertaken.

* Similarly, another study can be undertaken to study the present impact of change process in the organization and how it affects the Indian firms to cope with future changing scenario.


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Table1: Significance of Resistance to Change

Null Hypothesis   Description                F. Value   Remarks

[H.sub.0]1        Factors of resistance at   0.059      Accepted
                  Group level
[H.sub.0]2        Factors of resistance at   1.656      Accepted
                  Organisational level

[H.sub.0]3        Factors of resistance at   1.125      Accepted
                  Aggregate level of OB

Table 2: ANOVA Table for Variation in Factors of Resistance to Change
Different Levels


Sources of Variation   Sum of Squares   Degree of Freedom
Between Sample         0.000            2
Within Sample          0.021            6


Sources of Variation   Sum of Squares   Degree of Freedom
Between Sample         0.049            2
Within Sample          0.222            15


Sources of Variation   Sum of Squares   Degree of Freedom
Between Sample         0.141            2
Within Sample          3.004            48


Sources of Variation   Mean Square   F-Ratio
Between Sample         0.000         0.059
Within Sample          0.004


Sources of Variation   Mean Square   F-Ratio
Between Sample         0.025         1.656
Within Sample          0.015


Sources of Variation   Mean Square   F-Ratio
Between Sample         0.070         1.125
Within Sample          0.063

Table 3: Ranking of Barriers to Change at Different Levels of
Organization with Respect to Categories of Unit Selected

S. No.   Categories of                               Mean Score
         Reasons of Resistance                  New       Manufacturing
                                                Economy   Units

I        Individual level

1        Mindset/Resistance to change           7.0       6.8
2        Selective Perception                   6.8       6.8
3        Stress                                 6.9       6.7
4        Limited and Technical Knowledge        6.7       6.8
5        Fear of achieving Targets              6.7       6.7
6        Habit                                  6.7       6.8
7        Desire for Security                    6.7       6.7
8        Inability of learning new skills       8.5       7.0

II       Group Level

1        Informal Group pressure                6.9       6.9
2        High cohesiveness and leadership       6.9       6.8
3        Insecurity of achieving group targets  6.8       6.8

III      Organizational Level

1        Limited Focus of change                7.3       6.9
2        Uncertainly of future                  6.8       7.0
3        Threat to Establishment of resource
         allocation                             6.9       6.9
4        Personality conflicts                  6.9       6.8
5        Fear of loosing Effectiveness          6.7       6.9
6        Demand of Stability                    6.9       6.9

S. No.   Mean Score                             Average   Rank
         Mining                                 Score


1        6.8                                    6.86      I
2        6.9                                    6.81      II
3        6.8                                    6.80      III
4        6.8                                    6.77      IV
5        6.8                                    6.75      V
6        6.7                                    6.74      VI
7        6.8                                    6.73      VII
8        6.8                                    7.43      VIII


1        6.8                                    6.88      I
2        6.8                                    6.85      II
3        6.9                                    6.83      III


1        6.8                                    6.98      I
2        6.9                                    6.90      II
3        6.9                                    6.88      III
4        6.8                                    6.85      IV
5        6.9                                    6.81      V
6        6.7                                    6.81      V

Table 4: Dimensions of Change vs. Job Insecurity

Categories of                   Mean Score              Average   Rank
Units                                                   Mean
Type of Changes      New       Manufacturing   Mining   Score
                     Economy   Units           Units

Automation of jobs   36        33              25       31.33     I

Changes in the
process of skill     20        26              28       24.67     II

Role and reporting
relationship         16        16              21       17.67     III

Changes in the
attitude             22        11              15       16.00     IV

Table 5: t-Test for the Level of Significance

Null hypothesis   Calculated t-value   Degree of freedom   Results

[H.sub.0]4        3.45                 4                   Significant

[H.sub.0]5        3.47                 4                   Significant
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