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Philosophies of Organizational Change

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Philosophies of Organizational Change

Perspectives, Models and Theories for Managing Change

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9781839105081 Edward Elgar Publishing
Aaron C.T. Smith, James Skinner and Daniel Read, Institute for Sport Business, Loughborough University London, UK
Publication Date: November 2020 ISBN: 978 1 83910 508 1 Extent: 328 pp
This revised and extended second edition evaluates the diverse approaches to organizational change that have defined the field. Explaining the assumptions and implications that accompany these diverse philosophies, this book demystifies the complexities of conflicting perspectives and delivers valuable insights into the research and practice of organizational change.

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This revised and extended second edition evaluates the diverse approaches to organizational change that have defined the field. Explaining the assumptions and implications that accompany these diverse philosophies, this book demystifies the complexities of conflicting perspectives and delivers valuable insights into the research and practice of organizational change.
 
Philosophies of Organizational Change employs a critical analysis of scholarly writings that have shaped the evolution of alternative perspectives on change. It examines twelve unique approaches to change, charting the territory from philosophy and theory to practice and implications. By uncovering the deep assumptions associated with organizational change, the book supplies readers with a comprehensive analytical toolkit with which to pursue change in an unprecedented era of organizational disruption.

Offering a guide through contradictory approaches to implementing change, this book will appeal to scholars and researchers in organization theory. It will also be valuable for MBA and DBA students, as well as undergraduate business students engaging with critical debates on theories and tools for introducing change.
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‘With impressive clarity and depth, this new edition of Philosophies of Organizational Change provides a map to guide us through the expansive terrain of change theory. It disentangles nearly a century of different interpretations and reveals how making sense of competing perspectives can lead to new insights. Philosophies of Organizational Change is a great resource for any scholar, student or practitioner who wants to prosper in a turbulent and uncertain organizational world where change is the only remaining constant.’
– Wendy K. Smith, University of Delaware, US
Contents
Contents: 1. Introduction – ‘changing philosophies’ 2. The theory philosophy: ‘changing theories’ 3. The rational philosophy: ‘changing plans’ 4. The biological philosophy: ‘changing organisms’ 5. The models philosophy: ‘changing consultants’ 6. The institutional philosophy: ‘changing conformity’ 7. The resource philosophy: ‘changing opportunities’ 8. The psychological philosophy: ‘changing minds’ 9. The systems philosophy: ‘changing everything’ 10. The cultural philosophy: ‘changing values’ 11. The critical philosophy: ‘changing realities’ 12. The innovation philosophy: ‘changing ideas’ 13. The dualities philosophy: ‘changing tensions’ 14. Conclusion: ‘changing futures’ Index

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