Social Materiality

A new direction in change management and action research

Authored by: David M. Boje , Ivy DuRant , Krisha Coppedge , Ted Chambers , Marilu Marcillo-Gomez

The Routledge Companion to Organizational Change

Print publication date:  October  2011
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415556453
eBook ISBN: 9780203810279
Adobe ISBN: 9781136680908


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The field of change management (CM) is different than its cousin, action research (AR). The difference centres on the preference for either ‘social construction’ (SC) or what we will understand here by the name ‘social materiality’ (SM). There are five dominant discursive formations of practice that populate the Academy of Management and management consulting practice in general: Organization Development (OD), Change Management (CM), Action Science (AS), Action Research (AR; and Participative Action Research, PAR) and Appreciative Inquiry (AI). All five practice discourses nominate Kurt Lewin as their founding father. However, each has moved away from their founder.

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