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Organizational Change

Organizational change

Organizational change is a topic of concern for many organizational scientists, and has been recognized as ‘one of the great themes in the social sciences’ (Pettigrew et al., 2001: 697). Diverse disciplines and theoretical models have been drawn on to explain change, development, and transformation in organizations, including strategy, economics, international business, organizational theory, psychology, and sociology, to name but a few. Indeed, one of the difficulties when reviewing the organizational change field is the sheer amount of material with which one is confronted. This diversity of perspectives and approaches has contributed to disagreements regarding the meaning of organizational change and how to study it.

We begin this review by examining the history of the change field. First, we examine several classic studies ...

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