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A Systemic View of Change Management and Its Conceptual Underpinnings

Cao, Guangming and McHugh, Marie (2005) A Systemic View of Change Management and Its Conceptual Underpinnings. Systemic Practice and Action Research,, 18 (5). pp. 475-490. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1007/s11213-005-8484-4


This paper presents a critical analysis of a systemic view of change managementand its conceptual underpinnings. It reflects upon the systemic view from perspectivesof modernism and postmodernism. The understandings so developed are thensynthesised in terms of structuration theory. It is argued that organisational changeis characterised by diversity and interactions, which necessitates a systemic approachusing multiple methods in one intervention. By making transparent the conceptualunderpinnings, it is shown that this systemic view can help build an improved understandingof organisational change characterised by diversity and interactions, andit can support the use of multiple methods to manage organisational change in oneintervention.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School
Ulster Business School > Department of Management and Leadership
Research Institutes and Groups:Business and Management Research Institute
ID Code:16040
Deposited By: Dr Guangming Cao
Deposited On:21 Oct 2010 11:41
Last Modified:29 Jun 2011 08:41

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