"Sub-Cutane Change" as a practice for protective interrupting : Handling stability and change in a pluralistic organization

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Abstract Taking a process perspective, we explore stabilizing and changing. Building on insights of routines, improvising and changing scripts, we on the relationship between a change initiative and the daily organizing and explore the question: how is stabilizing of a change initiative accomplished while it attempts to alter daily organizing in which it is embedded? Within a single longitudinal case of introducing a new surgical treatment practitioners explained their conducting change as "sub-cutane change". We interpret sub-cutane change as an emergent process pattern to conduct a change initiative within an organizational setting like surgery that requires a high degree of stable practice. Sub-cutane change addresses the topic of simultaneously stabilizing a change initiative while changing the daily organizing in which it was embedded. An important insight of the presented case is that both require mutual protection from each other. Changing is precarious because it means to interrupt ongoing daily practice. But as the organization continues operating, it enacts that which is to change. Continued operating provides functional legitimacy that can block the change initiative. As a conclusion, stabilizing in change is understood as an ongoing accomplishment.
Authors Tuckermann, Harald; Schumacher, Thomas & Ruoss, Sabine
Projects Rüegg-Stürm, Johannes; Tuckermann, Harald; Mitterlechner, Matthias & Alexandra, Lai (2003) HealthCare Excellence [applied research project] Official URL
Language English
Keywords organizational change, process perspective, pluralistic organization, social systems theory
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 11 June 2010
Publisher PROS
Page Range 32
Title of Book Constructing Identity in and around Organizations
Event Title 2nd International Symposium on Process Organization Studies (PROS)
Event Location Rhodos, Griechenland
Event Dates 11.-13.06.2010
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Harald Tuckermann
Date Deposited 11 Nov 2010 13:42
Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 17:02
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/70121

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Tuckermann, Harald; Schumacher, Thomas & Ruoss, Sabine: "Sub-Cutane Change" as a practice for protective interrupting : Handling stability and change in a pluralistic organization. 2010. - 2nd International Symposium on Process Organization Studies (PROS). - Rhodos, Griechenland.

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