Change Management: Considering a Peniel Approach for Managing Change in Organizations

  • Joseph J. BucciEmail author
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This chapter addresses three related premises. The first premise is that organizational change is only mildly effective unless individuals within the organization receive and accept the need to change. The second premise is that the Biblical narrative promotes transformational change that has the potential to be real and lasting. It is a change of the heart, similar to the patriarch Jacob’s Peniel experience. The final premise seeks to link both of the former concepts by comparing conversion methodologies and the research on transformational change, and suggesting ways that each methodology can inform the other. Finally, a new model for change management based on the research from these divergent methodologies will be introduced, along with recommendations for helping individuals navigate the change process.


Change management Organizational change Transformational change 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Business, Leadership and Management DepartmentCollege of Arts and Sciences, Regent UniversityVirginia BeachUSA

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