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History and Organizational Change

History and Organizational Change This research commentary introduces historical consciousness to studying organizational change. Most theories of organizational change contain within them implicit assumptions about history. Made explicit, these assumptions tend to cluster into different models of change that vary by the assumed objectivity of the past and the associated malleability of the future. We explore and elaborate the implicit assumptions of history. We identify four implicit models of history in the change literature: History-as-Fact, History-as-Power, History-as-Sensemaking, and History-as-Rhetoric. We discuss the implications of theorizing organizational change from each of these views of history and outline future directions for studying change with a heightened understanding of history. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Management SAGE

History and Organizational Change

Journal of Management , Volume 43 (1): 20 – Jan 1, 2017

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SAGE
Copyright
© The Author(s) 2016
ISSN
0149-2063
eISSN
1557-1211
DOI
10.1177/0149206316675031
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Abstract

This research commentary introduces historical consciousness to studying organizational change. Most theories of organizational change contain within them implicit assumptions about history. Made explicit, these assumptions tend to cluster into different models of change that vary by the assumed objectivity of the past and the associated malleability of the future. We explore and elaborate the implicit assumptions of history. We identify four implicit models of history in the change literature: History-as-Fact, History-as-Power, History-as-Sensemaking, and History-as-Rhetoric. We discuss the implications of theorizing organizational change from each of these views of history and outline future directions for studying change with a heightened understanding of history.

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Journal of ManagementSAGE

Published: Jan 1, 2017

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