New PDF release: Agency and Change: Rethinking Change Agency in Organizations

By Raymond Caldwell

ISBN-10: 0203087569

ISBN-13: 9780203087565

ISBN-10: 0415326761

ISBN-13: 9780415326766

This wonderful e-book remaps the limits and chances of swap, in actual fact moving the point of interest from superseded debates on service provider and constitution to new practice-based discourses on enterprise and alter. delivering readers a selective and critical review of key literature and empirical examine, it is going to support scholars contextualize this complicated topic zone and independently assessment destiny clients for powerful switch agent roles in corporations offering an interdisciplinary exploration of competing discourses, the booklet makes use of overarching conceptual continua: concentrated agency-decentred service provider and systems-processes, thereby permitting a extra in depth specialize in business enterprise and alter. Well-written with hard content material, this publication is vital examining for these drawn to the origins, improvement and destiny customers for switch employer in an organizational global characterised by means of expanding complexity, probability and uncertainty.

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New PDF release: Agency and Change: Rethinking Change Agency in Organizations

This glorious booklet remaps the limits and chances of swap, in actual fact moving the point of interest from superseded debates on corporation and constitution to new practice-based discourses on organization and alter. providing readers a selective and critical review of key literature and empirical examine, it's going to support scholars contextualize this complicated topic zone and independently evaluation destiny customers for powerful swap agent roles in businesses providing an interdisciplinary exploration of competing discourses, the e-book makes use of overarching conceptual continua: focused agency-decentred corporation and systems-processes, thereby permitting a extra in depth specialise in supplier and alter.

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If they are skilled at reducing their liberating alternatives, then they are skilled at producing inner contradictions. (Argyris 2003: 1179) In effect, people create defensive routines and ‘self-sealing patterns of escalating error’ that ensure stable and change-resistant systems of behaviour (Argyris 1985: 61). Argyris was deeply perplexed by defensive routines not only because they blocked positive change, but also because they called into question the foundations and validity of rational inquiry and rational persuasion.

Critics of Giddens’ work have often pointed to this under-theorization of ‘structure’ as an over-reaction to systems concepts, but it is often forgotten that this problem applies equally to the indeterminate nature of agency. Agency lacks determination because its primary function is the denial of determinism, including any hint of naturalism: agents can ‘produce’ their agency in that they are the objects of their own temporal self-constitution through ‘practice’. While this activistic embrace of practice has positive connotations for action, it is still unclear how practice moderates the implicitly intentional and rationalist presuppositions of Giddens’ notion of agency (Bourdieu 1990).

While this book argues for an overall move away from the agency–structure dichotomy, it also argues for the need to retain more constrained, creative and contingent conceptions of agency related to change. 3 After Lewin, after modernism: rethinking change agency ● ● ● ● ● ● Introduction Rationality and change: from Lewin to Argyris Diffusing expertise: Schein on process consultation In search of autonomy Reflexivity: redefining knowledge and practice Conclusion: after Lewin, after modernism Introduction The idea of ‘change agency’ within the organizational development (OD) and action research traditions has its origins in the pioneering work of Kurt Lewin (1890–1947), the polymorphous founding father of experimental social psychology and small group research (1946, 1947, 1951).

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