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Managing Change in Organizations
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Managing Change in Organizations

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November 2019 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

In Managing Change in Organizations, Stefan Sveningsson and Nadja Sörgärde explore a broad range of perspectives on change management, encouraging critical reflection and making sense of a complex field of theories.  Their unique approach based around three key perspectives of change will help students understand: 

  • How change is accomplished – the tool perspective
  • What change means for those involved – the process perspective
    And
  • Why is change initiated (and is it necessary) – the critical perspective 

This focus on the common how, what and why questions offers students the chance to learn pragmatic tools for managing change, as well as gain an in-depth understanding of different theories and their value.

The book is complemented by a range of online resources including PowerPoint Slides, Multiple Choice Questions, and a selection of SAGE Business Cases and journal articles.

Stefan Sveningsson is Professor of Business Administration at the School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Sweden.

Nadja Sörgärde is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Sweden.

 

 
Chapter 1: Introduction
 
Chapter 2: Perspectives on Change
 
Chapter 3: Why Organizational Change?
 
Chapter 4: The Tool Perspective – planned change and organizational development
 
Chapter 5: The Tool Perspective – integrated organizational models
 
Chapter 6: Process perspective – interpretation and understanding-orientation
 
Chapter 7: Process perspective – the importance of language
 
Chapter 8: Critical perspective on Change
 
Chapter 9: The Complexity of Resistance
 
Chapter 10: Managing Organizational Change - Practical Insights and Lessons Learned

“This is a much-needed book that allows readers to not only examine the practical and planned aspects of change, but also to explore organizational change from the processual and critical perspectives which are all too often neglected in books on managing organizational change.”

Professor Cynthia Hardy
University of Melbourne, Australia and Cardiff Business School, UK

"Eschewing easy and simplistic answers, the authors also refuse to be fazed by the complexities of organizational change. They offer a sharp, multi-dimensional and probing commentary on how organizational change comes about, why it so often goes against the intentions of its instigators, why it breeds resistance and why resistance is not necessarily a bad thing.

They are not afraid to engage and offer compelling commentaries on what exactly counts as change, why one person sees change where another sees continuity, who stands to benefit and lose from change. Above all, they demonstrate the practical wisdom of approaching change as a fluid phenomenon that can at best be managed but not fully controlled. This is a must for all scholars of organizational change and practitioners wise enough to look beyond the recipe book." 

Professor Yiannis Gabriel
University of Bath

Offers a comprehensive introduction to organisational change, covering all the perspectives and practica aspect of implementation. I liked the intro to communication, in chapter 7.

Mr Manuel Eduardo Hernandez
School of Media, Journalism & PR, Wolverhampton University
December 18, 2019

Clear discussions in the relevent areas of change particularly and with good industry analysis which re-inforces the learning

Mrs Eileen Mc Partland
Vocational Education, Liberties College
December 13, 2019

Change management is an important section in the leadership module and this book provides another up to date to this topic. It provides a wider understanding for students to debate.

Mr Stuart Woodcock
Department of Law, Chester University
November 28, 2019

This is a superb book on the theme of organizational change, bringing together the mainstream approach, the process perspective and the critical views. Adopting the processual and critical lenses throughout, the authors put the technicalities of managing change into perspective, highlighting where those technicalities come from and where they lead us to, and the centrality of meaning, power and identity issues in the management of change. The support materials are of great quality too. This book will be a must for all those who want to approach change beyond the managerialist technicalities. It suits very well the needs of undergraduate and masters students, and research students will find plenty of starting points to explore as well.

Professor Manuel Graca
Faculdade De Economia, University of Porto
October 16, 2019

This is a superb book on the theme of organizational change, bringing together the mainstream approach, the process perspective and the critical views. Adopting the processual and critical lenses throughout, the authors put the technicalities of managing change into perspective, highlighting where those technicalities come from and where they lead us to, and the centrality of meaning, power and identity issues in the management of change. The support materials are of great quality too. This book will be a must for all those who want to approach change beyond the managerialist technicalities. It suits very well the needs of undergraduate and masters students, and research students will find plenty of starting points to explore as well.

Professor Manuel Graca
Faculdade De Economia, University of Porto
October 9, 2019

This book offers all the fundamental change management models and theories with up to the minute examples from business. It's going to be an invaluable resource on my programme.

Mrs Catherine Botting
Business Management, York St John University
July 1, 2019

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