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Remembrance of things past? Change, development and paternalism

Wolfram Cox, Julie 2001, Remembrance of things past? Change, development and paternalism, Journal of organizational change management, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 168-189, doi: 10.1108/09534810110388072.

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Title Remembrance of things past? Change, development and paternalism
Author(s) Wolfram Cox, Julie
Journal name Journal of organizational change management
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Start page 168
End page 189
Publisher MCB University Press (Emerald)
Place of publication Bradford, England
Publication date 2001
ISSN 0953-4814
Keyword(s) organizational change
organizational conflict
time
multinationals
manufacturing
Summary As part of a retrospective study of effects of organizational change on interpersonal relations, this paper discusses change talk among Australian employees of an American multinational manufacturing enterprise. Interviewees tended to feel pushed into change, discussing its effects in terms of the difficulties of adolescence and earlier experiences of sudden independence. Over time, what had been a simple and firm us and them division in intergroup relations between management and unions/workers had become more fluid and subtle, and perhaps more mature. Interview data are interpreted and then re-interpreted in terms of theories of team development, nostalgia, and paternalism. It is argued that each interpretation makes differing, but complementary, assumptions about the nature of time. If developmental, progressive assumptions of organizational change are relaxed, further attention can be given to theorizing and researching subtleties in talk of the past.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/09534810110388072
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, MCB University Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004149

Document type: Journal Article
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