"As Demers notes, organizational change is becoming a major field of research inquiry, encompassing an increasing diversity of theories. The three parts of the book place this topic in historical context, and reflect three key debates within the field: adaptation versus selection; transformation versus evolution; and natural evolution versus social dynamics."
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.
This text is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Organizational Development, Organizational Theory, and Organizational Change in the departments of business & management, political science, and public administration. It is also an ideal resource for academics, researchers, and scholars interested in organizational change.
|The Field of organizational Change: An Historical Account|
|Focus of the book|
|Organization of the book|
|Do Organizations Really Change?|
|Rational Adaptation Approaches|
|Organic Adaptation Approach|
|Life Cycle Approach|
|The "New" Institutionalism|
|A Look for the Outside|
|Is Transformation Always Revolutionary?|
|Momentum and Revolution: The Punctuated Equilibrium Model|
|Design Archetypes: From Punctuated Equilibrium to Theories of Stability and Change|
|Organizational Change as Reframing|
|Reframing as a Change of Knowledge Stucture|
|Reframing as a Social Interaction Process|
|Culture and Change: Functionalist and Interpretive Perspectives|
|Cultural Change Processes|
|Power and Change: From Resistance to Renewal|
|A Look From Above|
|How do Organizations Renew Themselves?|
|The Behavioural Learning Approach|
|The Evolutionary Approach|
|The Complexity Approach|
|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?|
Sample Materials & Chapters