An analysis of schema change intervention

Thompson, Robert M. & Ryan, Neal F. (2011) An analysis of schema change intervention. In Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management : East Meets West - Enlightening, Balancing, Transcending, 12-16 August 2011, San Antonio, Texas.

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Successful organizational transformation relies on being able to achieve paradigm or collective schema change, and more particularly, the ability to manage the interplay between pre-existing schemas and alternative schemas required for new environments. This conceptual paper presents an analysis and critique of collective schema change dynamics. Two schema change pathways are reflected in the literature: frame-juxtapose-transition and frame-disengage-learning. Research findings in each pathway are limited and/or contradictory. Moreover, research on schema change focuses primarily on social dynamics and less on the relationship between social schema change dynamics and individual schema change dynamics. One implication of this lack of focus on individual schema change dynamics is the masking of the high level of cognitive processing and cognitive effort required by individuals to effect schema change. The capacity to achieve organizational transformation requires that more attention is given to managing these dynamics, which, in turn, requires significant investment in developing the change leadership capabilities of managers and the organizations they manage.

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ID Code: 45605
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Schema Change, Change Leadership, Organizational Cognition
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Planning and Management (150312)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 31 Aug 2011 02:12
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2011 19:51

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