Missing! Results from the field of change management

November 10, 2009
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For years, we have heard that 70% of change initiatives fail. John Kotter’s, 1996 book Leading Change, revealed that at most 30% of change initiatives succeed. Since then, prolific output dedicated to managing change including best practices research, models, toolkits, certifications, books, training courses, and conferences have been produced and conducted. Various other studies since then found similar results as Kotter.

Despite abundant output on the topic, the field of change management hasn’t led to an increased percentage of successful change initiatives. What’s missing from the field of change management?

  • Why, with all the change management models, best practices research, toolkits, certifications, and conferences are organizations struggling to realize successful change? Why are conventional practices not working?
  • Surely, there are examples of successful change initiatives. What practices are those organizations utilizing to realize successful change?
  • What do other disciplines report about change?
  • Is the field of change management out of date and behind the curve?

Here’s what I jotted down this morning



For years, we have heard that 70% of change initiatives fail. John Kotter’s, 1996 book Leading Change, revealed that at most 30% of change initiatives succeed. Since then, prolific output dedicated to managing change including best practices research, models, toolkits, certifications, books, training courses, and conferences have been produced and conducted. Various other studies since then found similar results as Kotter.

Despite abundant output on the topic, the field of change management hasn’t led to an increased percentage of successful change initiatives. What’s missing from the field of change management?

  • Why, with all the change management models, best practices research, toolkits, certifications, and conferences are organizations struggling to realize successful change? Why are conventional practices not working?
  • Surely, there are examples of successful change initiatives. What practices are those organizations utilizing to realize successful change?
  • What do other disciplines report about change?
  • Is the field of change management out of date and behind the curve?

Here’s what I jotted down this morning. Your thoughts? Your stories?

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