When you think of an employee who is resistant to change, what comes to mind? ....research on constructive resistance is on the rise.
Positive deviance is the scholarly term for constructive resistance. The technical term is "constructive deviance," however deviance is so associated to criminal activity, I wish they had picked a different term (Warren, 2004). They mean deviation from the norm, but the way.
Conflict is probably the easiest type of constructive resistance to tackle in this post. Groupthink theory (Janis, 1972) posits that a LACK of conflict is bad for a project's performance.