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Steven L. McShane

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Chapter 15: Organizational Change and Development

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    Self-Assessment

    Tolerance of Change Scale
    PURPOSE: This exercise is designed to help you understand how people differ in their tolerance of change.
    INSTRUCTIONS: Read each of the statements below and select the response that best matches your personal belief. Then click the 'Score' button to calculate your results. This self-assessment is completed alone so students can rate themselves honestly without concerns of social comparison. However, class discussion will focus on the meaning of the concept measured by this scale and its implications for managing change in organizational settings.

    1. An expert who doesn't come up with a definite answer probably doesn't know too much.

    Strongly Agree
    Moderately Agree
    Slightly Agree
    Neutral
    Slightly Disagree
    Moderately Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    2. I would like to live in a foreign country for a while.

    Strongly Agree
    Moderately Agree
    Slightly Agree
    Neutral
    Slightly Disagree
    Moderately Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    3. There is really no such thing as a problem that can't be solved.

    Strongly Agree
    Moderately Agree
    Slightly Agree
    Neutral
    Slightly Disagree
    Moderately Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    4. People who fit their lives into a schedule probably miss most of the job of living.

    Strongly Agree
    Moderately Agree
    Slightly Agree
    Neutral
    Slightly Disagree
    Moderately Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    5. A good job is one where it is always clear what is to be done and how it is to be done.

    Strongly Agree
    Moderately Agree
    Slightly Agree
    Neutral
    Slightly Disagree
    Moderately Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    6. It is more fun to tackle a complicated problem than to solve a simple one.

    Strongly Agree
    Moderately Agree
    Slightly Agree
    Neutral
    Slightly Disagree
    Moderately Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    7. In the long run it is possible to get more done by tackling small, simple problems rather than large, complicated ones.

    Strongly Agree
    Moderately Agree
    Slightly Agree
    Neutral
    Slightly Disagree
    Moderately Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    8. Often the most interesting and stimulating people are those who don't mind being different and original.

    Strongly Agree
    Moderately Agree
    Slightly Agree
    Neutral
    Slightly Disagree
    Moderately Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    9. What we are used to is always preferable to what is unfamiliar.

    Strongly Agree
    Moderately Agree
    Slightly Agree
    Neutral
    Slightly Disagree
    Moderately Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    10. People who insist on a yes or no answer just don't know how complicated things really are.

    Strongly Agree
    Moderately Agree
    Slightly Agree
    Neutral
    Slightly Disagree
    Moderately Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    11. A person who leads an even, regular life in which few surprises or unexpected happenings arise really has a lot to be grateful for.

    Strongly Agree
    Moderately Agree
    Slightly Agree
    Neutral
    Slightly Disagree
    Moderately Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    12. Many of our most important decisions are based on insufficient information.

    Strongly Agree
    Moderately Agree
    Slightly Agree
    Neutral
    Slightly Disagree
    Moderately Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    13. I like parties where I know most of the people more than ones where all or most of the people are complete strangers.

    Strongly Agree
    Moderately Agree
    Slightly Agree
    Neutral
    Slightly Disagree
    Moderately Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    14. Teachers or supervisors who hand out vague assignments give me a chance to show initiative and originality.

    Strongly Agree
    Moderately Agree
    Slightly Agree
    Neutral
    Slightly Disagree
    Moderately Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    15. The sooner everyone acquires similar values and ideals, the better.

    Strongly Agree
    Moderately Agree
    Slightly Agree
    Neutral
    Slightly Disagree
    Moderately Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    16. A good teacher is one who makes you wonder about your way of looking at things.

    Strongly Agree
    Moderately Agree
    Slightly Agree
    Neutral
    Slightly Disagree
    Moderately Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    Source: Adapted from S. Budner, "Intolerance of Ambiguity as a Personality Variable," Journal of Personality, 30 (1962), pp. 29-50.


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