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Conference on the saturation of employees in the face of change

posted May 14, 2013, 9:57 AM by
A conference organized by the ESSEC Chair of Change Management will take place on June, 17th at 18:00 and will be open to public. Read the details below:

The Saturation of Organizational Change: A psychological analysis .
By: Kevin J. Johnson (Professor Associate at HEC Montréal) and the ESSEC Chair of Change

Location: Campus ESSEC Executive Education (La Défense - CNIT - Amphi 102)
Date: June 17th, 2013 from 18:00 à 19:30.


Change and adaptation have become important daily challenges in the face of the constant evolution of multiple organizational environments.  In fact, organizational change has become such a necessity that beyond its management, the emphasis is now more and more placed on the development of "organizational capacities for change" (Johnson, 2013, 2012; Autissier et al., 2010; Demers, 1999). We therefore offer a study on the consequences and management challenges of this area under tension by considering organizational change as systemic and psychological and not only reaching the developmeent of capacity as an occasional  finality.

The relevance of the study on the Saturation of Organizational Change is supported by empirical data collected through a survey (IPSOS Observer) with French workers. Out of a total of 1,000 employees representative of the territory, 96%  stated that they have experienced an average of 6.4 changes over the two last years. Respondents estimated that the frequency of changes has increased over the last two years  (65%) and is now too high (60%). Also, the projects are taking longer to implement (49%), even longer than their expectations (74%), along with being more complex (63%). Nevertheless, only 18% of them believe that general direction committees care too much about multiple and simultaneous changes and 57% think they are carried out in a confusing way. Supported by knowledge in psychology, psychiatry, and neurophysiology, as well as an empirical study, the research intends to: 1) draft a strategic managerial guide under a triple-perspective modelization 2) identify axis of research through the challenge of this modern and growing necessity to adapt to complexity, as well as to the perception of overload that is often associated with it.