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Title: Towards a theory of counterchange : a study from a management perspective of organisational change and the role of the internal change agent
Author: Brewer, Richard W.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3479 0950
Awarding Body: University of Bath
Current Institution: University of Bath
Date of Award: 1981
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This thesis is based on the grounded experience of an internal change agent attempting change initiatives in two organistions over a period of five years. The practical reality of what happened is narrated in a number of sequential and comparative case studies which detail how the process of change evolved, what happened and the role of the internal change agent, A feature of the experience has been how the change initiatives were deflected, slowed, curtailed and thwarted. From what happened a Theory of Counterchange has been formulated. This derives from twelve propositions grounded in the experience. Counterchange is a dynamic process which focuses on the individual affected by a change initiative. It can evolve where there is a discrepancy between a person's goals, values and self-interests and how that person defines and attaches meaning to a particular situation.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Employee participation systems