Organisational Change: Sociological Perspectives

Organisational Change: Sociological Perspectives

by David Collins
     
 

In recent years, there has been an explosion of books on the nature of organisational change and the management skills needed to effectively carry it out. Many are written by change gurus and management consultants offering quick fixes and metaphor laden business toolkits, however, much of their advice is banal and under-theorized. This book redresses this balance

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Overview

In recent years, there has been an explosion of books on the nature of organisational change and the management skills needed to effectively carry it out. Many are written by change gurus and management consultants offering quick fixes and metaphor laden business toolkits, however, much of their advice is banal and under-theorized. This book redresses this balance by providing an original analysis of change management in organizations in the light of wider sociological perspectives. It critically examines the, often implicit, theoretical frameworks underpinning many contemporary accounts of organizational change, and covers subjects including:

* the importance of explicit analysis of theory and context
* a critique of populist management gurus and quick-fix 'how-to' solutions
* 'under-socialized' models of change which emphasise structure over human action
* trenchant analysis of 'soft' HRM solutions
* the management of culture.

Radical and innovative, this book, the first to adopt a sociological approach, is a much-needed challenge to the orthodoxies of change management.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415171557
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/17/1998
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1The nature of management and management research9
2Approaches to the study of change34
3Critical monographs and research studies66
4N-step guides for change82
5Socialized models of change?100
6Theories for the analysis of change128
7The diversity of theoretical frameworks137
8Radical and Marxist frames of reference155
9Paradigms of/for change169
10New paradigms for change?180
11Towards a conclusion193
References199
Index207

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