The contribution of the processual approach to the theory and practice of organizational change
The contribution of the processual approach in providing a methodology for studying the dynamics of change, in offering a conceptual framework that facilitates theorization and in generating practical guidelines on change management is the focus of this chapter. It commences by discussing the longstanding debate ove, whethe, we view organizations as generally stable entities consisting of identifiable objects, resources and structures of control and coordination or whether we view organizations as fluid entities in a constant state of flux, A brief explanation of what we mean by processual research and how it relates to studying change in organizations is then presented. This is followed by a history and critique of the approach. The historical overview charts processual research from some of the early studies in workplace industrial sociology through to more recent contributions. The chapter then provides a brief reappraisal and examines concerns about the practical dimension of processual research to understanding complex change processes.
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