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Agency and Change : Rethinking Change Agency in Organizations - Raymond Caldwell

Agency and Change

Rethinking Change Agency in Organizations


Published: 8th November 2005
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This excellent book remaps the limits and possibilities of change, clearly shifting the focus from outmoded debates on agency and structure to new practice-based discourses on agency and change. Offering readers a selective and critical review of key literature and empirical research, it will help students contextualize this complex subject area and independently evaluate future prospects for effective change agent roles in organizations

Presenting an interdisciplinary exploration of competing discourses, the book uses two overarching conceptual continua: centred agency-decentred agency and systems-processes, thereby allowing a more intensive focus on agency and change.

Well-written with challenging content, this book is essential reading for those interested in the origins, development and future prospects for change agency in an organizational world characterized by increasing complexity, risk and uncertainty.

1. Introduction -- 2. Agency and change -- 3. After Lewin, after modernism : rethinking change agency -- 4. Pettigrew and contextualism : organizational change and strategic choice -- 5. The edge of chaos : complexity theory and organizational change -- 6. From Foucault to constructionist discourses : change without agency? -- 7. Things fall apart?

ISBN: 9780203087565
ISBN-10: 0203087569
Format: PDF
Language: English
Published: 8th November 2005