Change Agents in the Change Management Process

Module 09: Critical Thinking
Change Agents in the Change Management Process (110 points)
One of the most fascinating components of the change management process is the change agent. The change agent, who can be a leader, manager, employee, consultant, or customer, is a person who is often at the center of the change management process and performs several critical functions in the overall process. Address the following regarding change agents:
• Define the concept of a change agent, including the traits and characteristics that best represent a change agent in today’s organization.
• Discuss the role of a change agent in the change management process (e.g., formal or informal role, position of authority or power, etc.).
• Assess how a change agent can influence the generation, direction, success, or failure of a change initiative.
• Finally, assess any challenges a change agent may have in the change process (e.g., not agreeing with the change, management not truthfully sharing the repercussions of the change, etc.) and how these challenges should be addressed.
Your well-written paper should meet the following requirements:
• 4- pages in length, which does not include the title page and reference pages, which are never a part of the content minimum requirements. (in-text citation)(including conclusion)
• Use academic writing standards and APA style guidelines.
• Support your submission with course material concepts, principles, and theories from the textbook and at least three scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles.
• Review the grading rubric to see how you will be graded for this assignment.

Cawsey, T. F., Deszca, G., & Ingols, C. (2020). Organizational change: An action-oriented toolkit (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing. ISBN-13: 9781544351407

● Chapter 8 in Organizational Change: An ActionOriented Toolkit
● Hartge, T., Callahan, T., & King, C. (2019). Leaders’ behaviors during radical change processes: Subordinates’ perceptions of how well leader behaviors communicate change. International Journal of Business Communication, 56(1), 100–121.
● Jackson, R. A. (2019). The right path. Internal Auditor, 76(3), 24.