Managing Organizational Change and Resistance from an Individualist vs. Collectivist Perspective

Document Type: Review Article


Center for Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) Programs, HELP College of Art and Technology, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


The current research paper looked into the concept of organizational individualism and collectivism and its effect on managing change. This paper focused on the factors underlying the concepts of individualism and collectivism that influence change to take place or be resistant to it altogether. Our capacity and capability to change is very important in any organization because change is what helps us to survive. Culture is one of the landmarks to adaptability. Since change happens at different levels in the organizations, the benefits and drawbacks from individualism and collectivism are explained. Moreover, a discussion on the application of these two strong cultural views in particular organizations is made to show if research depicts well on the cultural factors that influence organizational change.


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