What is force field analysis?
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Harry Potter vs. Voldemort in the Goblet of Fire
The principles of force field analysis are all around us, even though the forms they show might vary. For example, forces can be seen in the following clip from "Harry Potter Vs. Voldemort in the Graveyard", when Harry and Voldemort are dueling. Let's watch the video first and please pay more attention on the section of 1:44 - 2:55. What might you call these forces?
At the beginning of the fighting, Voldemort got the upper hand because his power was stronger. In other words, if the magic power made by Harry was stronger than the one from Voldemort, Harry was able to control and defeat the enemy.
Some sports also apply the concepts related to force field analysis, such as tug of war and sumo. You can see the pictures and the descriptions provided below.
|There is a kind of sport called tug of war or rope pulling in which two teams pull at opposite ends of a rope to test strength. How do you think how a team is able to defeat the other?|
|In Japan,sumo is a Japanese style of wrestling in which each competitor attempts to force another one out of the circular ring. What should a sumo wrestler do to push the opponent out of the ring?|
What is Force Field Analysis?
The most common thing in the video and pictures is that there are always two forces against each other within these events.
Now, come back to your workplace. Have you ever thought why your supervisor hinders your effort in launching a new reformation? Why your good suggestions are never implemented? While you may or may not be able to observe the reasons, you can feel that if the supporting forces are not with you, you cannot reach to a result as desired as you thought.
Force field analysis is a management tool to analyze the driving forces and restraining forces which affect change initiatives in organizations. Kurt Lewin introduced force field analysis in the 1950’s. Organizations widely use force field analysis as a technique for
- assessing and identifying effects,
- planning feasible implementations,
- implementing organizational changes, and
- evaluating strategies.
In this lesson, we place the focus on the use of FFA as a tool in the area of needs analysis to help you identify your client’s problems and then plan feasible recommendations.
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