Organizational Change Theories
A SynthesisIngenaaid Engels 2008 9780761929321
While there are thousands of books on change management that adopt a normative perspective and numerous conceptual works that present one author’s perspective, this unique book offers a synthesis of major organizational change theories. Author Christiane Demers gives a unique guided tour of the field of organizational change providing readers with a historically framed, comprehensive synthesis of organizational change theories. Organizational Change Theories: A Synthesis exposes readers to the variety and richness of North American and European scholarly literature.
Presents a historical framework: This historical perspective provides a comprehensive synthesis that situates different theoretical approaches and highlights their links over time.
Covers literature from World War II to present day: A comparative summary of each period’s important theories identifies the major dimensions, key concepts, and questions that characterize the different perspectives.
Offers a balanced evaluation of each theoretical approach: By comparing each perspective in terms of major contributions and limits, students can develop their critical thinking skills.
Provides a wide-range review of current literature: While the focus is historical, the book includes recent theoretical perspectives to offer an up-to-date review of emerging research and trends shaping the evolution of the field.
Includes extensive references: A fantastic bibliographic resource for scholars and students to further investigate issues of change in organizations.
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The Field of organizational Change: An Historical Account
Focus of the book
Organization of the book
Part I Adaptation or Selection?
Do Organizations Really Change?
Chapter 1 - Adaptation and Growth Perspective
Rational Adaptation Approaches
Organic Adaptation Approach
Life Cycle Approach
Chapter 2 - Selection and Imitation Perspective
The "New" Institutionalism
A Look for the Outside
Part II - Transformation or Evolution?
Is Transformation Always Revolutionary?
Chapter 3 - the Configuration Approach
Momentum and Revolution: The Punctuated Equilibrium Model
Design Archetypes: From Punctuated Equilibrium to Theories of Stability and Change
Chapter 4 - The Cognitive Approach
Organizational Change as Reframing
Reframing as a Change of Knowledge Structure
Reframing as a Social Interaction Process
Chapter 5 - The Cultural Approach
Culture and Change: Functionalist and Interpretive Perspectives
Cultural Change Processes
Chapter 6 - The Political Approach
Power and Change: From Resistance to Renewal
A Look From Above
Part III - Natural Evolution or Social Dynamics?
How do Organizations Renew Themselves?
Chapter 7 - The Natural Evolution Perspective
The Behavioural Learning Approach
The Evolutionary Approach
The Complexity Approach
Chapter 8 - The Social Dynamics Perspective
The Radical and Postmodern Approaches
Discourse About Change
Discourse Changing Over Time
Change as Practical and Social Performance
Looking to Change From the Inside
Looking for an Elusive Object
Culmination or Dissolution?
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