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The benefits of not managing change and not communicating : towards a complex systems view of communication in evolving organisations

By Gregory N. Hearn and Philip W. Graham


The relationship between change in organisations and communication about change in organisations can be analysed as a particular case of a general debate in social theory about the extent to which reality is socially constructed. Social constructivists emphasise the role of language in the construction of social realities, enacted through controlling the message agenda; material determinists assert that economic and social structural factors are more constitutive of reality as seen in strategies emphasising structural and resource interventions. Here we define a third view of language and materiality - one that leads to the potential for a reflexive, experimental approach to change based on the view that organisations are complex evolving systems

Topics: 200100 COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES, Companies, Management, Communication, Language, organisational change, Social theory
Year: 2002
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