Publication
Title
The (non)sense of organizational change: an essai about universal management hypes, sick consultancy metaphors and healthy organizations theories
Author
Abstract
The global business world is infected by a virus that induces a permanent need for organizational change, which is fed by the management consultancy industry. The nature of the organizational change hype changes colour frequently, through the emergence of new universal management fashions. An urge to change is understandable from the perspectives of the consultant and the manager, but often organizational changes are ineffective or counter-productive when implemented. In this context, this articles purpose is threefold. First, on the basis of an interpretation of different literatures, we flesh out an argument about the nonsense of organizational change that is driven by sick consultancy metaphors. Second, we argue that the application of healthy organization theories offers ample guidelines for organizational change initiatives that make more sense than prominent management consultancy rhetoric. Third, pulling both strings together, we plead for the development of an evidence-based (change) consultancy practice
Language
English
Source (journal)
Organization studies / European Group for Organizational Studies. - Berlin
Publication
Berlin : 2004
ISSN
0170-8406
Volume/pages
25:7(2004), p. 1205-1231
ISI
000224022500006
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UAntwerpen
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External links
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Creation 10.03.2009
Last edited 17.08.2017