Changing Change : An empirical study towards a recursive understanding of change processes

Item Type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Abstract This paper explores the recursivity of change processes. As episodic approaches exclude this dimension and continuous approaches do not explore it in depth, the research question is: how and why does recursivity of change processes unfold? Based on a longitudinal, interpretative single case study of a change process in the nursing departments to integrate two hospitals, we detect four different change theories in use over time. Triggered externally, they emerge from internal challenges within the process. The research first provides the insight that the recursivity of change can be understood as change of the change process itself. Secondly, we explain this dynamic with a recursive model, rooted in social systems theory. It gives rise to reconsider the question of stability in change for future development of continuous change theories as well as for practice to organize change mindfully to neither risk change, nor ongoing daily organizing.
Authors Tuckermann, Harald & Rüegg-Stürm, Johannes
Projects Rüegg-Stürm, Johannes; Tuckermann, Harald; Mitterlechner, Matthias & Alexandra, Lai (2003) HealthCare Excellence [applied research project] Official URL
Language English
Keywords organizational change; health care
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 8 August 2008
Publisher Academy of Management
Place of Publication Birmingham US
Page Range 39
Title of Book Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings
Event Title Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) 2008
Event Location Anaheim, CA
Event Dates 08.-13.08.2008
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Harald Tuckermann
Date Deposited 24 Jul 2008 10:56
Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 16:53


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Tuckermann, Harald & Rüegg-Stürm, Johannes: Changing Change : An empirical study towards a recursive understanding of change processes. 2008. - Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) 2008. - Anaheim, CA.

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