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Barbara Czarniawska : Organizational change - fashions, institutions, and translations

Corvellec, Hervé LU and Eriksson-Zetterquist, Ulla (2017) p.361-377
Abstract

Combining neo-institutionalism, actor network theory, and Gabriel Tarde's sociology, Czarniawska considers the key driver of organizational change to be imitation but an imitation that rests on translation. Organizations emulate one another by translating fashionable ideas according to their understanding, traditions, needs, and means. As translation in this tradition always entails a transformation of the translated idea or object, unexpected consequences will be expected. She does not consider these consequences to be necessarily negative; however, because if stabilized and institutionalized, unintended change can turn out to be as positive as planned change. A further strength of Czarniawska's is her ability to provide methodological... (More)

Combining neo-institutionalism, actor network theory, and Gabriel Tarde's sociology, Czarniawska considers the key driver of organizational change to be imitation but an imitation that rests on translation. Organizations emulate one another by translating fashionable ideas according to their understanding, traditions, needs, and means. As translation in this tradition always entails a transformation of the translated idea or object, unexpected consequences will be expected. She does not consider these consequences to be necessarily negative; however, because if stabilized and institutionalized, unintended change can turn out to be as positive as planned change. A further strength of Czarniawska's is her ability to provide methodological tools that follow the translation processes for change: Organizational ethnographies, narrative methodology, and shadowing.

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Action net, Ethnography, Fashion, Imitation, Institutionalism, Narrative, Shadowing, Translation
host publication
The Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers
editor
Szabla, David B.; Pasmore, William A.; Barnes, Mary A.; Gipson, Asha N.; ; ; and
pages
361 - 377
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Springer International Publishing AG
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  • scopus:85055620337
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9783319528779
9783319528786
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10.1007/978-3-319-52878-6_72
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English
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  author       = {Corvellec, Hervé and Eriksson-Zetterquist, Ulla},
  editor       = {Szabla, David B. and Pasmore, William A. and Barnes, Mary A. and Gipson, Asha N.},
  isbn         = {9783319528779},
  keyword      = {Action net,Ethnography,Fashion,Imitation,Institutionalism,Narrative,Shadowing,Translation},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {361--377},
  publisher    = {Springer International Publishing AG},
  title        = {Barbara Czarniawska : Organizational change - fashions, institutions, and translations},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-52878-6_72},
  year         = {2017},
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