A Systemic View of Change Management and Its Conceptual Underpinnings


DOI: 10.1007/s11213-005-8484-4

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Cao, G. & McHugh, M. Syst Pract Act Res (2005) 18: 475. doi:10.1007/s11213-005-8484-4


This paper presents a critical analysis of a systemic view of change management and its conceptual underpinnings. It reflects upon the systemic view from perspectives of modernism and postmodernism. The understandings so developed are then synthesised in terms of structuration theory. It is argued that organisational change is characterised by diversity and interactions, which necessitates a systemic approach using multiple methods in one intervention. By making transparent the conceptual underpinnings, it is shown that this systemic view can help build an improved understanding of organisational change characterised by diversity and interactions, and it can support the use of multiple methods to manage organisational change in one intervention.


change management systemic view modernism postmodernism structuration theory 

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© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Business Organisation and ManagementUniversity of Ulster, JordanstownNewtownabbeyUnited Kingdom

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