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Organizational change resistance: A review of employees’ reactions in Rabigh Refinery in Saudi Arabia

Al Oufi, Ghazi H. and Abdul Majid, Abdul Halim and Johari, Husna (2008) Organizational change resistance: A review of employees’ reactions in Rabigh Refinery in Saudi Arabia. In: The 4th National Human Resource Management Conference 2008, 17-19 August 2008 , Tiara Beach Resort, Port Dickson. (Unpublished)

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Generally, organization experiences stress and difficulties in dealing with change. However, introducing and coping with change is inevitable in today’s global competition. Any organizational change may encounter many difficulties and challenges, especially when the change is actually executed. One of the challenges is due to employees’ resistance. Some of the resistance are logical and supported with rational reasons, but in some other cases the change is turndown with irrational justifications. This present paper provides review on employees’ reactions toward organizational changes. A special focus was made to highlight two types of reactions, which are: (1) passive and (2) active resistance. This paper also highlights prominent reasons why the employees resist and recommends steps to be taken to minimize negative effects while undertaking any organizational change process.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Jointly organized by the Malaysian Institute of Human Resource Management, Universiti Utara Malaysia and the Negeri Sembilan State Government.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Organizational change, resistance, global competition, change process
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: School of Business Management
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2011 03:11
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2016 01:55

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