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The Essentials of Managing Change and Transition


Subject adviser: Mike Beer

Series content adviser: Wendy Bliss

2005, 265 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 1-59139-573-9

SHRMStore Item #: 61.16504

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CHANGE IS AN ESSENTIAL MANDATE FOR EVERY ORGANIZATION. The high failure rate of corporate change initiatives underscores the difficulty of this challenge. But for companies-and leaders-who manage change successfully, the rewards are substantial. Human resource professionals are uniquely positioned to champion change in their organizations.  

The Essentials of Managing Change and Transition offers strategies and tools that will enable HR professionals to work side-by-side with other senior executives to:

  • Assess various approaches to change and set the best strategy.
  • Prepare the organization and employees for change.
  • Communicate information efficiently and effectively.
  • Reduce employee stress.
  • Use consultants wisely.

Co-published by SHRM and Harvard Business School Press.


 Table of Contents



1. The Ever-Changing Workplace

2. Dimensions of Change

3. Is Your Organization Change-Ready?

4. Are You and Your Employees Change-Ready?

5. Eight Steps to Change

6. Implementation

7. How Employees Respond to Change

8. Helping Employees Adapt to Change

9. Toward Continuous Change

10. Common Change-Management Challenges for HR Professionals

11. HR as Change Agent



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 About the Business Literacy for HR Professionals Series


The Business Literacy for HR Professionals Series, copublished by the Harvard Business School Publishing and SHRM, educates HR professionals at all levels in the principles, practices, and processes of business and management. These books provide a comprehensive overview of the concepts, skills, and tools HR professionals need to be influential strategic partners in their organizations.

The other books in the Series:

The Essentials of Corporate Communications & Public Relations

The Essentials of Finance and Budgeting

The Essentials of Negotiation

The Essentials of Power, Influence & Persuasion

The Essentials of Project Management

The Essentials of Strategy


 About the Subject Adviser

Mike Beer is Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, Harvard Business School, and Chairman of the Center for Organizational Fitness. He is coauthor of the award-winning book, The Critical Path to Corporate Renewal, and his most recent book, edited with Nitin Nohria, is Breaking the Code of Change. Beer has consulted with many Fortune 500 companies regarding organizational change.

 About the Series Content Adviser

Wendy Bliss, J.D., SPHR is an attorney and founder of Bliss & Associates Consulting in Colorado Springs. She is the author of Legal, Effective References and the co-author of Employment Termination Source Book.