Informal Networks and Organizational Change

Positive Contributions and the Role of Identification

  • Lukas Kocher

Part of the BestMasters book series (BEST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
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  8. Back Matter
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About this book


This thesis examines the role of informal employee networks and their potential positive contributions to a successful implementation of disruptive organizational change. It relies on an in-depth analysis of qualitative data, collected in 13 semi-structured interviews. The findings show that in times of organizational change, employees countervail the capacities of their informal networks to optimize organizational effectiveness and efficiency against the effectiveness and efficiency of prevalent formal organizational structures. A central dynamic also detected in the findings is the role of organizational identification as a key driver to engage in informal networks to positively support an organization’s change process implementation.


  • Informal Organizational Networks
  • Contributions of Informal Networks to Organizational Change
  • Re-assessing Perceptions of Informal Organizational Networks
  • Capturing Informality in Organizations: Countervailing Processes

Target Groups

  •  Scientists, lecturers, and students in the areas Organizational Management and Change Management
  • Professionals in Organizational Management/Change Management

The Author

Lukas Kocher (M.Sc.) studied Philosophy & Economics in Bayreuth and International Business Administration in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany.


Countervailing Processes Organizational Identity Qualitative Research Employee Networks Informal Organizational Networks Change Management Organizational Management

Authors and affiliations

  • Lukas Kocher
    • 1
  1. 1.MunichGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-28283-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-28284-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2625-3577
  • Series Online ISSN 2625-3615
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