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Organizational Change and Global Standardization

Solutions to Standards and Norms Overwhelming Organizations, 1st Edition

Edited by David M. Boje


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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 face when they go global: (1) accounting & finance (2) international & world trade,(3) social and (4) safety & quality & environment. It is part of a larger problem faced by not only business, but every sort of organization - how to live with the epidemic of standards and norms, often in conflict, many just unnecessary, and a few that are quite helpful and important.

There are good reasons to have International Standards Organization (ISO), International Labor Organization (ILO), World Trade Organization (WTO), North Atlantic Treaty Association (NAFTA), International accounting Standards Boards (IASB), International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)), and many more standard-setting organizations issuing, auditing, proposing codes of ethics, and certifying standards and norms. However, there are important, poorly understood organizational change consequences to the contagion of standards and norms.

This volume brings together a unique group of authors who are working on a pragmatic way for organizations to deal with an overflow of standards and norms that are often at heads, ambiguous, or simply created to produce more work for a burgeoning standards setting industry. The aim of Organizational Change and Global Standardization is to stimulate a critical analysis within the framework of analytical and pragmatic approach to an overwhelming bureaucratization of the managed and organized global activities.


'Organizational Change and Global Standardization is a noble book that proposes unique insights to the study of change management. It initiates distinctive methodologies that study the dynamic system of constant change in-between-ness of transforming spiral and interacting fractals, offers a comprehensive set of examples across multiple functions, manifold standards, and various countries of origins, and applies qualitative contextualize methods of analysis to areas such as accounting that is formerly considered purely quantitative subject. These contributions envision that change management discourse experience a dialogism of different modes of inquiry in near future.'

- Nazanin Tourani, Assistant Professor of Business, Penn State Fayette, USA

Table of Contents

List of Figures List of Tables Acknowledgements Preface 1.Change Solutions to the Norms & Standards Ovewhelming Organizations: An Introduction to ‘Fractal’ Wings of ‘Tetranormalizing’ David M. Boje 2. Philosophical Reflections on Tetranormalization Frits Schipper Part I: Economy/Accounting Change Fractals Introduction David M. Boje 3.How Does the Creation of Local Accounting Standards Reflect the Identity of an Organization? Tronc Boris and Plane Jean-Michel 4.Tetranormalization and the Accounting Standard Setting Process: A Retrospective View of the Accounting Principles Board William L. Smith 5.Professional and neo-institutional Dynamics in the Islamic accounting standards-setting process Aldo Lévy and Hichem Rezgui Part II: Trade and Change Fractals Introduction David M. Boje 6. Tetranormalization, Disruption of Markets and Strategic Steering: Threats and opportunities Henri Savall and Véronique Zardet 7.The loss of sense in labor legislation, a risk for Mexican small businesses and their employees Luis Portales, Consuelo García de la Torre, and Osmar Arandia 8. Tetranormalizing Entrepreneurial Storytelling: Bringing complexity to the narrative of ‘Born Global’ Rohny Saylors Part III: Social/Cultural Change Fractals Introduction David M. Boje 9. The decision-making smart information system based on the human behaviour Patrick Haim 10. Recent Advances in Standardizing the Reporting of Non-Financial Information Juan Pineiro-Chousa, Marcos Vizcaíno-González, and Noelia Romero-Castro 11. Profession Architects: Normative dispossession of an art trade is not inevitable Miguel Delattre and Véronique Zardet 12. The Tetranormalization of Human Resource Management of Persons with Disabilities Jillian Saylors 13.: Corporate Social Responsibility disclosure and institutional legitimacy: A comparative analysis Bechir Bellahouel, Nader Mansouri, and Jean Marie-Peretti Part IV: Ecology/Quality Change Fractals Introduction David M. Boje 14. Disclosure of Sustainability Information and the Evolution to a New Type of Report in a Tetranormalization Context Hong Yuh Ching and Fábio Gerab 15. The Quality Management Systems, The environmental and the social responsibility management systems and their effects on the Human Resources practices Riad Makdessi and Sélim Mekdessi 16. Taking the Natural Environment in the Hospitality Industry into Account: An examination on the relevance of the diversity of standards Bernard Guillon and Gisèle Sigal

About the Editor

David M. Boje holds the Wells Fargo Professorship, Distinguished University Professor, and Bill Daniels Ethics Fellow in Management Department at New Mexico State University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Organizational Change & Development

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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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior