Article (January-2020)


Alchemy of Change

H.N. Arora & Rajan Sinha

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Organization : -  Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd.


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Rarely does one come across a book on change discussing cases from industry's experiences, especially in Indian context. The book, Alchemy of Change written by Dr. H N Arora and Rajan Sinha is built around three change management cases of authors' own experience. Each element of change initiatives is discussed in such vivid detail that one gets a feeling of ring side view of challenges, both intellectual kinds, including business bottlenecks, strategy planning and execution of change, and emotional ones including human weaknesses, power dynamics, marshalling of first line leaders and managers and instilling a sense of optimism that together the organization can be created. Interestingly, these cases don't include only the successful ones but a failure too. The authors have thus culled what succeeds and what does not in the management of change.

These cases are detailed in the second part of the book, and not in the first part. The first part is devoted to the global understanding of types and causes of change in the present VUCA world, and why organizations have to adapt and reinvent themselves to survive and grow.

Part III deals with the whole flow of change, from visioning and developing a blueprint to developing a strategy to execution including handling of resistance and then sustenance of change. Each chapter delves in detail quoting the best-known thinkers from across the world.

Part IV centers around human/emotional aspects including communication, culture, teaming, energizing, building dominant coalition, etc.


Globally, change experts have increasingly stressed the critical role of values & culture alignment in successful change efforts. Part VI deals with this aspect.

In Chapter VII, the authors have proposed an Indian model of change management integrating global wisdom and Indian ethos and terms that will find greater resonance in Indian context.
In section of Epilogue, the authors seek to address some of these issues and endeavor to situate the proposed model in the contemporary context, offering suggestions on how ideas outlined in the book could be useful to modern change managers and organizations.

Thus, the book is an omnibus reference point for the global and Indian wisdom on the subject of change management. This book is a must-read for all managers, CEOs, CXOs, management teachers and students.
Reviewed By : Runa Maitra