Agency and Change: Rethinking Change Agency in Organizations

1st Edition

Raymond Caldwell

Routledge
Published November 17, 2005
Reference - 192 Pages
ISBN 9780415326773 - CAT# RU27170
Series: Routledge Studies in Organizational Change & Development

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Summary

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.

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