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Routledge Studies in Organizational Change & Development

Series Editor: Bernard Burnes

It is often stated that some 70% of all change projects fail. Though this figure can be disputed, it is nevertheless clear that managing change is one of the most difficult tasks facing organizations today. In response to this, writers offer a wide range of theories and advice designed to aid managers and scholars in understanding and managing change, but which seem merely to overwhelm them with a profusion of competing and conflicting advice and approaches. In many respects, change is a field which epitomises the ‘rigor-relevance’ debate. We have many approaches to change which are built on sound research and robust theories, but which appear to lack relevance for managers. We also have a vast array of nostrums, practices and tools which managers use, but which appear to lack methodological or theoretical foundations.

The aim of this series is to cut through the confusion surrounding the study and practice of change by providing comprehensive and in-depth studies of existing and emerging approaches to change. The rationale for the series is that we cannot understand organizational change sufficiently nor implement it effectively unless we can evaluate the various approaches in terms of the evidence which underpins them, what they seek to achieve and how and where they can be applied. In particular, the series seeks to address, but is not limited to, the following questions:

  • What are the emerging themes in the field of organizational change?
  • Which theories and approaches to change have stood the test of time?
  • What are the key debates within the field?
  • How has the field been influenced by and incorporated newer approaches to organizational life, such as postmodernism, social constructionism, critical realism, and complexity theories?
  • What is the current status of OD (organization development)?
  • To what extent have countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America developed their own distinct approaches to change?
  • How are developments such as social media and virtual organizations affecting the way organizations perceive and carry out change?
  • Do successful organizations adopt different approaches to change than unsuccessful ones, or do they use the same approaches but more effectively?

New and Published Books

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  1. Organizational Change for Corporate Sustainability

    3rd Edition

    By Suzanne Benn, Dexter Dunphy, Andrew Griffiths

    Series: Routledge Studies in Organizational Change & Development

    Since this classic book was first published in 2003, sustainability has increasingly become mainstream business for leading corporations, whilst the topic itself has also been a hotly debated political issue across the globe. The sustainability phase models originally discussed in the book have...

    Published May 8th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Organizational Change, Leadership and Ethics

    Leading Organizations Toward Sustainability

    Edited by Rune Todnem By, Bernard Burnes

    Series: Routledge Studies in Organizational Change & Development

    Given the recent financial crises and scandals, the rise of corporate social responsibility and the challenge of environmental sustainability, few would disagree that the role of ethics has taken centre stage in the management of organizations. In reality, however, organizations have found it...

    Published January 16th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Managing Organizational Change in Public Services

    International Issues, Challenges and Cases

    Edited by Rune Todnem By, Calum Macleod

    Series: Routledge Studies in Organizational Change & Development

    Forming part of the Understanding Organizational Change series, Managing Organizational Change in Public Services focuses on the organizational dimension of change management in public services. Combining aspects of change management theory with ‘real life’ practice in the form of...

    Published March 12th 2009 by Routledge

  4. Organizational Change for Corporate Sustainability

    A Guide for Leaders and Change Agents of the Future, 2nd Edition

    By Suzanne Benn, Dexter Dunphy, Andrew Griffiths

    Series: Routledge Studies in Organizational Change & Development

    The sustainability of business, both economically and ecologically, is one of this century’s key debates. In this fully revised and updated edition of their ground-breaking study of organizational change and corporate sustainability, Dexter Dunphy, Andrew Griffiths and Suzanne Benn argue that there...

    Published April 11th 2007 by Routledge

  5. The Sustainability and Spread of Organizational Change

    Modernizing Healthcare

    Edited by David A. Buchanan, Louise Fitzgerald, Diane Ketley

    Series: Routledge Studies in Organizational Change & Development

    This important book examines issues affecting the sustainability and spread of new working practices. The question of why good ideas do not spread, ‘the best practices puzzle’, has been widely recognized. But the ‘improvement evaporation effect’, where successful changes are discontinued, has...

    Published December 6th 2006 by Routledge

  6. Agency and Change

    Rethinking Change Agency in Organizations

    By Raymond Caldwell

    Series: Routledge Studies in Organizational Change & Development

    This excellent book remaps the limits and possibilities of change, clearly shifting the focus from outmoded debates on agency and structure to new practice-based discourses on agency and change. Offering readers a selective and critical review of key literature and empirical research...

    Published November 16th 2005 by Routledge

  7. Reshaping Change

    A Processual Perspective

    By Patrick Dawson

    Series: Routledge Studies in Organizational Change & Development

    This book highlights the theoretical and practical value of using a processual perspective to make sense of organizational change. Featuring data collected over 20 years of fieldwork, it does much more than provide a simple overview of theory and change models and instead makes the processual...

    Published March 26th 2003 by Routledge

  8. Organizational Change for Corporate Sustainability

    A Guide for Leaders and Change Agents of the Future

    By Suzanne Benn, Dexter Dunphy, Andrew Griffiths, Suzanne Benn, Dexter Dunphy, Andrew Griffiths

    Series: Routledge Studies in Organizational Change & Development

    The sustainability of business, both economically and ecologically, is one of this century's central debates. While corporations can have positive effects on society and the environment, they can also impact it negatively. This book raises important questions such as 'how do corporations become...

    Published November 27th 2002 by Routledge

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