A 'rhizomic' model of organizational change and transformation: perspective from a metaphysics of change

Chia, R. (1999) A 'rhizomic' model of organizational change and transformation: perspective from a metaphysics of change. British Journal of Management, 10(3), pp. 209-227. (doi:10.1111/1467-8551.00128)

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Abstract

We are not good at thinking movement. Our instinctive skills favour the fixed and the static, the separate and the self‐contained. Taxonomies, hierarchies, systems and structures represent the instinctive vocabulary of institutionalized thought in its determined subordinating of flux, movement, change and transformation. Our dominant models of change in general and organizational change in particular are, therefore, paradoxically couched in the language of stasis and equilibrium. This paper seeks to offer an alternative model of change which, it is claimed, affords a better understanding of the inherent dynamic complexities and intrinsic indeterminacy of organization transformational processes.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Chia, Professor Robert
Authors: Chia, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:British Journal of Management
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:1045-3172
ISSN (Online):1467-8551

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