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Is there in Kurt Lewin's 3 stage change process (Wiki) any "resistance distribution" or all stages have nearly equal resistance level? If so, which stage actually has the most resistance level?

  • Please clarify where you are trying to apply this theory. Otherwise this sounds like a homework question. – WBW Jan 12 '15 at 23:35
  • @WBW this is only a theoretical question, no practice involved – iamiggor Jan 13 '15 at 17:13
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I do not know of Lewin discussed resistance anywhere in his work regarding his three stages; however, Kubler-Ross's stages of grief--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%BCbler-Ross_model--have been expanded into the change resistance curve--enter link description here--that is often used on transformation type projects. This would suggest that the greatest degree of resistance, stages two through four on Kubler-Ross's model, might be consistent with the second stage of Lewin's model.

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Well, as the linked article states, in the first phase "defense mechanisms have to be bypassed", which to me seems to suggest overcoming resistance.

I actually prefer the model described by William Bridges in "Managing Transitions". It has three phases that sound quite similar, but have a much more compassionate focus on helping people deal with their emotions regarding a change, rather than "dismantling a mindset".

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