Unfreeze, Change, Refreeze, was a model of change managmentment proposed by Kurt Lewin. This a model of Change Management, important for managing change within an organization. According to kurt Lewin’s model of change which has 3 phases of change management and so many advantnages and disadvanatages, have been covered in this article for Unfreezing changing and refreezing process.
First you must melt the ice in form of an organization (unfreeze). Thats were the process of unfreezing takes place. Then the next step is to ensure iced water turns into the shape you want (change). Then finally the last stage of change is to initiate new shape (refreeze).
Unfreeze, change refreeze example
What are the three stages of Lewin’s Change Management model? These are the stages of change management explained below according to Kurt Lewin.
Kurt Lewin’s change model has three steps (unfreezing → changing → refreezing) its the fundamental approach to managing change within the organization. There so many perspectives to change, but Kurt Lewin’s model further outlined more advanatages and that change must be melted (Unfreeze), important stage that helps managers to pour it into a mold (Change) state and then frozen again in the new shape also called (Refreeze).
3 phases of change management
1. Refreezing stage of organizational change
Refreezing is the stage of fixing new methodfs of doing things. Its a process of transitionning from the old accepted syterms, that had become part of people and organization. Structures have people, values and behaviours which might not accept change process, hence the need to first unfreeze them. Good example of unfreezing in change management is closely related to a solid iceblock.
Its impossible to change the shape of a solid element (Organization). Therefore one needs to first chnage the solid state to a liquid, then into another shape. Unfreezing involves chnaging to new set of beliefs, values, and norms of the organization.
2. Change stage of organizational change
The second stage of change management is called the Change stage. Its a critical stage at which the process of chnage is initiated. Imagine a liquid that was unfrozen in the first stage of unfreezing, now been been transitioned and converted to new ways of doing things in the organization.
Examples’s of changes, includes transitioning the company’s organizational structure, business systems, marketing strategies, practices, staffing or empoyees, and also other very important areas determined to improve the organizations competative advantege and market standing.
Changes can be small, or large but its an important systematic process of diagnosing, rediagnosing, changing and observing the process. Change improves the needs of the company, changes must be carefully calculated, analyzed and properly determined before implementing.
3. Refreezing Stage of organizational change
The Refreeze stage (also sometimes called “Freeze”), involves making changes to the second stage in which everything are normalized in the organization. This process is observed been one that is very slow, depending on the scale, size of organization and type of organization, the changes being made, can take long for employees in the company to get used to new practices and accept the newly introduced culture.
Organizations observed to be constantly changing, hence the 3 phases of change management Refreeze, Change and Unfreeze, must be properly followed, for change to be completely successful without executing the Unfreezing changing and refreezing process in the organization its impossible for change to take effect.
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However, refreezing stage is very important for getting the changes to last, it ensures that employees are able to deal with changes efficiently and aceept proposed change. At this vital stage people accept new ways of working or change management process, making it part of their life and why it’s importatant to the organization.
Why is unfreezing important?
The importance and goal of the unfreezing stage is to create an awareness of how the organization has been operating. It outlines the challenges, driving forces for change, setbacks, strategy and opportunitues the functional organization should have utilized. Unfreezing helps the organization to know about importance of change and why its necessary and urgent for the well beign of the organization.
Conclusion: The Unfreeze, Change, Refreeze model was created by social psychologist Kurt Lewin, who developed the change model as an important tool that explains how change should be implememnted in the organization. Kurt Lewin’s background in physics inspired this ideology, hence made more importance especially Public administration, and management also been both science and art by him using the ice block metaphor to explain unfreezing changing and refreezing process.
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