Sturdy And Grey Article

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Report Information from ProQuest 10 May 2015 13:52 Table of contents 1. Beneath and beyond organizational change management: Exploring alternatives...................................... 1 Bibliography...................................................................................................................................................... 10 Document 1 of 1 Beneath and beyond organizational change management: Exploring alternatives Author: Sturdy, Andrew; Grey, Christopher ProQuest document link Abstract: This essay introduces contributions to a special issue exploring alternative accounts of organizational change management (OCM). It begins with identifying why such alternatives are needed by pointing to core…show more content…
Instead, stability is configured as what happens when nothing happens. It is either a problem or a nullity. An important initial point to make is that change and continuity are not alternative objective states: they are not alternatives because they are typically coexistent and coterminous; and they are not objective because what constitutes change or continuity is perspective dependent. We are not, then, arguing against change-its existence, desirability or, even, achievability-and for stability or continuity. Instead, we want to make out a case against organizational change management (OCM) discourses and their one-sided nature, which endorses change as an abstract ideal but is also highly restrictive about what sorts of change should be pursued. OCM is therefore silent about the possibility of stability and about many of the possibilities for change. In particular, then, the aim of this short and somewhat polemical introductory article is to begin to make the case for the construction and legitimacy of alternative voices to those that insist upon the inevitability and desirability of change management. The article is organized in terms of an articulation of different problematic features of OCM: its reproduction of the familiar terrain of writings on management and organization generally; its growing boldness in articulating change as an ontological condition; and its unitarism. We then move towards offering some

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