The Awakening Giant (Routledge Revivals)

Continuity and Change in ICI

By Andrew Pettigrew

© 1985 – Routledge

542 pages

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9780415668767
pub: 2012-10-15
Hardback: 9780415619943
pub: 2011-03-24

About the Book

First published in 1985, this book is about Imperial Chemical Industries’ response to the changing social, political, business and economic environment over the past twenty years. Using personal interviews and archival material, Andrew Pettigrew examines the evolution of business strategy, organisation structure and culture, technology and union-management relations within this corporate giant over an extended period of time. It is a compelling account, told from the inside, by one of the world’s leading management and organisation theorists. The Awakening Giant has made a major practical and theoretical contribution to the study of corporate strategy, organisational analysis and change, and business history. Anyone with an interest in managing change in a large corporation will find this reissue rewarding reading.

Table of Contents

1. Research on Organisational Change and Development and Strange Change: Some Limitations 2. Context, Culture and Poltics: The Development of Strategic Change 3. ICI In Its Changing Business and Economic Context 4. Implementing Corporate Change: A Role For Organisation Development 5. The Heavy Hand of History: Business Development and Social Innovation in Agricultural Division 6. The Organic Strategy for Creating Change: Agricultural Division 7. The Enforced Strategy for Creating Change: Petrochemicals Division 8. The Change Strategy Without Political Support: Plastics Division 9. The Top-Down Strategy for Creating Development in Plastics Division 10. Strategic Change and Organisation Development at the Centre of Power 11. Processes of Strategic Change: Some Patterns 12. The Use, Impact, and Fate of Specialist Change Resources.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Strategic Planning
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior