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From ‘Less Landfilling’ to ‘Wasting Less’: Societal narratives, socio-materiality, and organizations

Corvellec, Hervé LU and Hultman, Johan LU (2012) In Journal of Organizational Change Management 25(2). p.297-314
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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to show that organizational change depends on societal narratives - narratives about the character, history, or envisioned future of societies. Design/methodology/approach - A case study of a Swedish municipal waste management company serves as an illustration. Findings - Swedish waste governance is powered by two main narratives: "less landfilling" and "wasting less". Less landfilling has been the dominant narrative for several decades, but wasting less is gaining momentum, and a new narrative order is establishing itself. This new narrative order significantly redefines the socio-material status of waste and imposes major changes on waste management... (More)
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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to show that organizational change depends on societal narratives - narratives about the character, history, or envisioned future of societies. Design/methodology/approach - A case study of a Swedish municipal waste management company serves as an illustration. Findings - Swedish waste governance is powered by two main narratives: "less landfilling" and "wasting less". Less landfilling has been the dominant narrative for several decades, but wasting less is gaining momentum, and a new narrative order is establishing itself. This new narrative order significantly redefines the socio-material status of waste and imposes major changes on waste management organizations. Research limitations/implications - Based on the case of waste governance in Sweden, the authors conclude that organizations should be aware that societal narrative affects the legitimacy and nature of their operations; therefore, they must integrate a watch for narrative change in their strategic reflections. Originality/value - This paper establishes the relevance of the notion of societal narrative to understand organizational change. (Less)
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Society, Narratives, Sweden, Waste management, Social change, Sustainability, Organizational change, Organizational processes
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Journal of Organizational Change Management
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25
issue
2
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297 - 314
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Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0953-4814
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10.1108/09534811211213964
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English
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  author       = {Corvellec, Hervé and Hultman, Johan},
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  language     = {eng},
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  pages        = {297--314},
  publisher    = {Emerald Group Publishing Limited},
  series       = {Journal of Organizational Change Management},
  title        = {From ‘Less Landfilling’ to ‘Wasting Less’: Societal narratives, socio-materiality, and organizations},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09534811211213964},
  volume       = {25},
  year         = {2012},
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