Organisational Change as Emancipatory Struggle: The Limits of Thinking Organisational Becoming

By Thorsten Jelinek.

Published by The Organization Collection

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This paper sets out to reappropriate the concept of organisational change based on the political philosophy of Ernesto Laclau. To achieve this task, the notions of being and becoming and in particular the recent emphasis on the latter, the contingent aspect of change, are critically analysed. As a means of structuring and exemplifying the argument reference is taken especially to the work of Robert Chia and Haridimos Tsoukas. The paper will conclude that change is neither solely a centrally planned activity, nor an ongoing achievement based on particular experiences, but often an antagonistic and emancipatory struggle between competing interests.

Keywords: Organisational Change, Hegemony, Emancipation, Ernesto Laclau

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.39-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.137MB).

Dr. Thorsten Jelinek

Ph.D. Student, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK

Thorsten Jelinek is a Ph.D. student at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Social and Political Sciences. His current postgraduate studies are based on an MSc in Organisational and Social Psychology (London School of Economics and Political Sciences) and a Diplom- Betriebswirt in Business Computing (Technical College Berlin). Between his academic degrees, Jelinek has worked for several years within professional organisations. His interest is in critical management studies. Currently he is writing up his thesis on China’s political economic transformation.

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