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Barbara Czarniawska: Organizational Change: Fashions, Institutions, and Translation

Corvellec, Hervé LU and Eriksson-Zetterquist, Ulla (2017) In The Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers p.1-17
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... (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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Institutionalism , Narrative Shadowing, Ethnography , Action net , Translation, Fashion , Imitation
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The Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers
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Szabla, David B.; Pasmore, William A.; Barnes, Mary A.; Gipson, Asha N.; ; ; and
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17 pages
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Springer International Publishing
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10.1007/978-3-319-49820-1_72-1
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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         = {978-3-319-49820-1},
  keyword      = {Institutionalism ,Narrative Shadowing,Ethnography ,Action net ,Translation,Fashion ,Imitation },
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {02},
  pages        = {1--17},
  publisher    = {Springer International Publishing},
  series       = {The Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers},
  title        = {Barbara Czarniawska: Organizational Change: Fashions, Institutions, and Translation},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49820-1_72-1},
  year         = {2017},
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