Philosophies of Organizational Change explains the assumptions that drive different perspectives on organizational change management.
The book describes and examines the myriad philosophical interpretations of change, revealing how and why managers confront change using so many competing methods. Each philosophy introduces the reader to the key theories used to diagnose organizations and prescribe change interventions. The book critically evaluates the arguments underpinning organizational change approaches and shows how they lead to different techniques and tools for practical change.
With its critical examination of current thinking on organizational change approaches, this book will appeal to scholars and researchers in organization theory and organization studies. It will also make an ideal resource for graduate and senior undergraduate students and practitioners looking to deepen their understanding of change interventions.
Aaron C.T. Smith, Loughborough University London, UK and Fiona M. Sutherland, La Trobe University, Australia
Contents: 1. Philosophies of Organizational Change: `Changing Context' 2. Theories About Theories: `Changing Theories' 3. The Rational Philosophy: `Changing Plans' 4. The Biological Philosophy: `Changing Organisms' 5. The Institutional Philosophy: `Changing Conformity' 6. The Resource Philosophy: `Changing Opportunities' 7. The Psychological Philosophy: `Changing Minds' 8. The Systems Philosophy: `Changing Everything' 9. The Cultural Philosophy: `Changing Values' 10. The Critical Philosophy: `Changing Reality' 11. Conclusion. The Dualities Philosophy: `Changing Tensions' Index