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Routledge Studies in Organizational Change & Development


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It is often stated that some 70% of all change projects fail. Though this figure can be disputed, it is nevertheless clear that managing change is one of the most difficult tasks facing organizations today. In response to this, writers offer a wide range of theories and advice designed to aid managers and scholars in understanding and managing change, but which seem merely to overwhelm them with a profusion of competing and conflicting advice and approaches. In many respects, change is a field which epitomises the ‘rigor-relevance’ debate. We have many approaches to change which are built on sound research and robust theories, but which appear to lack relevance for managers. We also have a vast array of nostrums, practices and tools which managers use, but which appear to lack methodological or theoretical foundations.

The aim of this series is to cut through the confusion surrounding the study and practice of change by providing comprehensive and in-depth studies of existing and emerging approaches to change. The rationale for the series is that we cannot understand organizational change sufficiently nor implement it effectively unless we can evaluate the various approaches in terms of the evidence which underpins them, what they seek to achieve and how and where they can be applied. In particular, the series seeks to address, but is not limited to, the following questions:

  • What are the emerging themes in the field of organizational change?
  • Which theories and approaches to change have stood the test of time?
  • What are the key debates within the field?
  • How has the field been influenced by and incorporated newer approaches to organizational life, such as postmodernism, social constructionism, critical realism, and complexity theories?
  • What is the current status of OD (organization development)?
  • To what extent have countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America developed their own distinct approaches to change?
  • How are developments such as social media and virtual organizations affecting the way organizations perceive and carry out change?
  • Do successful organizations adopt different approaches to change than unsuccessful ones, or do they use the same approaches but more effectively?

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Reshaping Change: A Processual Perspective

Reshaping Change: A Processual Perspective

2nd Edition

Patrick Dawson
June 10, 2019

This book views change as an ongoing process that should not be solidified or treated as a series of linear events. In drawing on data collected from over 40 years of research, it highlights the theoretical and practical value of using a processual perspective. Illustrative examples from a range of...

Organization Development and Society: Theory and Practice of Organization Development Consulting

Organization Development and Society: Theory and Practice of Organization Development Consulting

1st Edition

Baruch Shimoni
March 19, 2019

Organization Development and Society: Theory and Practice of Organization Development Consulting offers a new approach for the practice of organization development (OD). The new approach, a habitus oriented OD (HOOD), sees consultees' thinking and behavior a result of habitus, a cognitive structure...

The Social Psychology of Change Management: Theories and an Evidence-Based Perspective on Social and Organizational Beings

The Social Psychology of Change Management: Theories and an Evidence-Based Perspective on Social and Organizational Beings

1st Edition

Steven ten Have, John Rijsman, Wouter ten Have, Joris Westhof
December 13, 2018

Changes are rarely accomplished by individuals. People are social animals and changes are social processes which have to be organized. Social psychology is essential for the effectiveness and development of the field of change management. It is necessary to understand people in change processes....

Organizational Change and Global Standardization: Solutions to Standards and Norms Overwhelming Organizations

Organizational Change and Global Standardization: Solutions to Standards and Norms Overwhelming Organizations

1st Edition

David M. Boje
October 25, 2018

Organizational Change and Global Standardization: Solutions to Standards and Norms Overwhelming Organizations takes an organizational change approach to the overflow of standards and norms, looking at how to deal effectively and ethically with four kinds of standards and norms businesses...

Organizational Change and Temporality: Bending the Arrow of Time

Organizational Change and Temporality: Bending the Arrow of Time

1st Edition

Patrick Dawson, Christopher Sykes
October 25, 2018

Organizational Change and Temporality: Bending the Arrow of Time looks to address the important area of time and temporality, especially as it relates to frameworks and studies for explaining change processes in organizations. It commences with a selective history on the science and philosophy of...

Organizational Development and Change Theory: Managing Fractal Organizing Processes

Organizational Development and Change Theory: Managing Fractal Organizing Processes

1st Edition

Tonya Henderson, David M. Boje
October 25, 2018

This book offers a fresh perspective on organizational development and change theory and practice. Building on their recent work in quantum storytelling theory and complexity theory, Henderson and Boje consider the implications of fractal patterns in human behavior with a view toward ethics in...

Perspectives on Change: What Academics, Consultants and Managers Really Think About Change

Perspectives on Change: What Academics, Consultants and Managers Really Think About Change

1st Edition

Bernard Burnes, Julian Randall
August 06, 2018

Despite the plethora of books on change, there appears is a notable gap in the field; rarely is the authentic and candid voice of change practitioners heard. Seldom are those most closely involved in the management of change given (or seek) the opportunity to write about their personal experiences...

Reconsidering Change Management: Applying Evidence-Based Insights in Change Management Practice

Reconsidering Change Management: Applying Evidence-Based Insights in Change Management Practice

1st Edition

Steven ten Have, Wouter ten Have, Anne-Bregje Huijsmans, Maarten Otto
August 06, 2018

Despite the popularity of organizational change management, the question arises whether its prescriptions and dominant beliefs and practices are based on solid and convergent evidence. Organizational change management entails interventions intended to influence the task-related behavior and...

Rethinking Organizational Change: The Role of Dialogue, Dialectic & Polyphony in the Organization

Rethinking Organizational Change: The Role of Dialogue, Dialectic & Polyphony in the Organization

1st Edition

Muayyad Jabri
August 06, 2018

Rethinking Organizational Change: The Role of Dialogue, Dialectic & Polyphony in the Organization makes an important scholarly contribution to our understanding of dialogue applied to the management of change. Muayyad Jabri offers an involved assessment of the differences between 'dialogue’ and...

The Leadership of Organizational Change

The Leadership of Organizational Change

1st Edition

Mark Hughes
August 06, 2018

Understanding both leadership and change have been recurrent and popular themes within the business, management and organization studies literature. However, our understanding of leadership and organizational change in combination is far more limited. The Leadership of Organizational Change offers...

Change Competence: Implementing Effective Change

Change Competence: Implementing Effective Change

1st Edition

Steven ten Have, Wouter ten Have, Anne-Bregje Huijsmans, Niels van der Eng
June 08, 2018

Organizations are often forced to change and adapt as a result of internal or external circumstances – whether the impetus is vision and ambition, a competing organization, societal pressure, or financial pressure. In this book, the authors posit that successful change requires the coherence of...

The Nature of Contemporary Organization Development

The Nature of Contemporary Organization Development

1st Edition

Anne Clare Gillon
May 16, 2018

The nature of contemporary Organisation Development (OD) is often written about by both scholars and practitioners, yet there is little evidence of these descriptions (or debates on key issues) having been based on reliably collected data. This book compares academic and practitioner perspectives...

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