03 May 2011
Philosophising about change
Professor Aaron Smith, Professor Julie Wolfram Cox and Dr Fiona Sutherland.
Professor Aaron Smith, College of Business, RMIT University, and Dr Fiona Sutherland, Graduate School of Management, La Trobe University, were joined by colleagues and friends recently for the launch of their joint publication, Philosophies of Organizational Change.
The book describes and explains the myriad philosophical interpretations of change, revealing how and why managers confront change using so many competing methods.
It critically evaluates the arguments underpinning organisational change approaches and offers an innovative re-evaluation of the assumptions governing decisions which recognises that both change and stability exist simultaneously as part of a continuum.
In his review of the publication, Professor Ian Palmer, Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Vice-President of RMIT said: “This exceptional book maps the vast change management landscape, demystifies its complexities, and engages readers with an accessible and balanced style.
“It will command interest and stimulate lively debate from practitioners, students and researchers in organisational theory.”
In launching the book, Professor Julie Wolfram Cox, Department of Management, Monash University, declared it an important “desert island” choice for academics and practitioners alike.
“It heralds a move away from the linear ‘planned change’ approach that has dominated Western thinking for the last two decades,” Professor Cox said.
Copies of Philosophies of Organizational Change, published by Edward Elgar Pub are available at Amazon.