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

Hearn, Gregory N., Graham, Philip W., & Rooney, David J. (2002) The benefits of not managing change and not communicating : towards a complex systems view of communication in evolving organisations. Australian Journal of Communication, 29(3), pp. 59-70.

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Abstract

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.

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ID Code: 204
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal's web page (see hypertext link).
Keywords: Companies, Management, Communication, Language, organisational change, Social theory
ISSN: 0811-6202
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Australia and New Zealand Communication Association
Deposited On: 12 Jun 2004
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 03:08

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