Re: Resistance to Change LO1223

Barry Mallis (
15 May 1995 18:15:28 -0400

Replying to LO1193 --

To Eleanor Wynn, regarding Culture and Change LO1193

I sense considerable anger in your words about the soldiers at Alamagordo
and the unsuspecting farmers who handle technologically "advanced"
chemicals designed for mechanical delivery.

Why have you assumed that resistance to change in a culture is based upon
the idea that change is always for the good? Your writing voice doesn't
allow me to think so. That sounds to broad a statement, to say the least.

Members of a group may act in a decidedly different way alone than in
concert. Culture is a concerted expression much of the time, no? Isn't
it often associated with group expression, or at least with a derivation
from a group of people?

Yes, as you say there is probably a sense to the fact that the greater
mass of people are slower to adapt, and hence the sense of resistance to
change. How come the masses are that way?

I think that resistance to change is not only the loaded topic you imply.
It's not always nonsense to consider resistance to changes in thinking,
environment or actions when contemplating the learning of an organization.
Perhaps there is positive resistance not based upon biological motives,
combined with negative resistance. By positive and negative, I refer
simply to what promotes or hinders the dynamic, expressible Path which an
organization claims as its vision and goal(s). Whadayathink?

Barry Mallis
Total Quality Resource Manager
MARKEM Corporation
Keene, NH 03431