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

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.


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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