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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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Organizational Change, Leadership and Ethics

Organizational Change, Leadership and Ethics

2nd Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Rune Todnem By, Bernard Burnes, Mark Hughes
November 30, 2022

Organizations and societies are facing extreme challenges that require action (IPCC, 2021). The UN's sustainability goals, demographic change, and the green shift are knocking on the door, while traditional education, and ways of leading and managing this development, often fail to keep up. ...

Organizational Behaviour and Change Management The Impact of Cognitive and Social Bias

Organizational Behaviour and Change Management: The Impact of Cognitive and Social Bias

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Cornell Vernooij, Judith Stuijt, Maarten Hendriks, Wouter ten Have, Steven ten Have
October 13, 2022

Humans are social animals, and change is a social process. To understand this social process and explain the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours of individuals, knowledge of how the presence of others influences people is crucial. In this regard, bias is a concept with a lot of potential. Because ...

Organizational Cognition The Theory of Social Organizing

Organizational Cognition: The Theory of Social Organizing

1st Edition

Edited By Davide Secchi, Rasmus Gahrn-Andersen, Stephen J. Cowley
September 30, 2022

Cognition is usually associated with brain activity. Undoubtedly, some brain activity is necessary for it to function. However, the last thirty years have revolutionized the way we intend and think about cognition. These developments allow us to think of cognition as distributed in the sense that ...

Critical Perspectives on Diversity in Organizations

Critical Perspectives on Diversity in Organizations

1st Edition

By Thomas Calvard
August 01, 2022

Decades of investigations into diversity in the workplace have created mixed answers about what kinds of effects it has on employees and teams, and whether or not it can be managed effectively to generate positive outcomes for organizations. In contrast to mainstream work from management and ...

Leadership and Digital Change The Digitalization Paradox

Leadership and Digital Change: The Digitalization Paradox

1st Edition

By Einar Iveroth, Jacob Hallencreutz
May 06, 2022

Digitalization is on everyone’s lips as new technology changes business landscapes and conventional companies are outperformed by younger digital and agile contestants. In this volatile environment it seems more relevant than ever before to understand the aspects and business logic behind the ...

Organizational Change and Relational Resources

Organizational Change and Relational Resources

1st Edition

Edited By Karol Marek Klimczak, Yochanan Shachmurove
November 19, 2021

Transitioning organizations to the new normal following environmental shocks, economic upheavals, and technological innovations is a challenge to classic organizational management. The main reason: because no single organization knows precisely what the target of change is. Resources created and ...

Leadership, Organizational Change and Sensemaking

Leadership, Organizational Change and Sensemaking

1st Edition

By Ronald Skea
June 04, 2021

Organizational change literature often focuses on the leaders role in giving sense to others of the need for change and there is a plethora of models and recipes on how to influence employees thinking about change, organizational design and performance. Notwithstanding this ready supply of ...

Changing Change Management Strategy, Power and Resistance

Changing Change Management: Strategy, Power and Resistance

1st Edition

By Darren McCabe
January 14, 2020

The literature on Change Management works from the premise that management possesses the power to achieve change and this is evident in that resistance is little more than a footnote in most textbooks. This assumption sits uneasily, however, with the high failure rate of Change Management ...

Reshaping Change A Processual Perspective

Reshaping Change: A Processual Perspective

2nd Edition

By 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

By 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

By 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

Edited By 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 ...

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