Environmental Psychology Article Analysis

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Environmental Psychology Article Analysis

Sandra Lattin

PSY460 Environmental Psychology

University of Phoenix

Environmental Psychology Article Analysis

As organizations strive to identify their market's culture and structure, survive mergers and alliances, and remain competitive, change is inevitable. Change is bound to occur, but how and why it takes place is the question. This paper will explain change and review two articles written about environmental change. Both articles have very similar philosophies on different view points.


Radical changes can be the result of a significant incident, for example, new management or new owners due to mergers or takeovers, or failure to meet overall standards. Changes can also be made slowly, in incremental changes. Incremental changes are a "part of an organization's natural evolution, is frequent and less traumatic" (59) than the radical changes. Incremental changes add to the established operations to maximize and carry them into an innovative course, while radical changes, maybe unplanned and reactive, are " intense and all-encompassing" (59).

Why change is a consciousness choice

Change is a conscious choice. Consciousness is the key. According to Bob Anderson, Authors of Why change is a consciousness choice, "there is no organizational transformation without a preceding transformation in the consciousness of the leadership" (Anderson et al.). Also according to Anderson, there are "four quadrants of change" (Anderson et al.) that must be recognized in order for change to be successful.

Quadrant one is the "individual/internal" (Anderson et al.) component of change. The quadrant recognizes the need for conscious change to begin from the inside. Quadrant two is the "individual/external aspect of change" (Anderson et al.). Athletes develop this area. It is the area where our people skills, our motivation and desire to succeed are developed. Quadrant three is...