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Lewin’s Theory of Planned Change as a Strategic Resource

Shirey, Maria R. PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN

Journal of Nursing Administration: February 2013 - Volume 43 - Issue 2 - p 69–72
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31827f20a9
Departments: Strategic Leadership for Organizational Change

This department highlights change management strategies that may be successful in strategically planning and executing organizational change initiatives. With the goal of presenting practical approaches helpful to nurse leaders advancing organizational change, content includes evidence-based projects, tools, and resources that mobilize and sustain organizational change initiatives. In this article, the author explores the use of the Lewin’s Theory of Planned Change as a strategic resource to mobilize the people side of change. An overview of the theory is provided along with a discussion of its strengths, limitations, and targeted application.

Author Affiliation: Associate Professor, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, College of Nursing and Health Professions, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Shirey, College of Nursing and Health Professions, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Blvd, HP-2044, Evansville, IN 47712 (mrshirey@usi.edu).

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