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Conversion stories as shifting narratives of organizational change

Bryant, Melanie and Wolfram Cox, Julie 2004, Conversion stories as shifting narratives of organizational change, Journal of organizational change management, vol. 17, no. 6, pp. 578-592, doi: 10.1108/09534810410564569.

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Title Conversion stories as shifting narratives of organizational change
Author(s) Bryant, Melanie
Wolfram Cox, Julie
Journal name Journal of organizational change management
Volume number 17
Issue number 6
Start page 578
End page 592
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2004
ISSN 0953-4814
Keyword(s) employees
narratives
organizational change
Summary This paper is concerned with how employees talk about their experiences of organizational change and focuses specifically on the construction of conversion stories. These are particularly positive narratives that consider change as a turning point in which individuals depart from an old way of life pre-change to embrace a post-change organization. In this study, employees seek conversion into management groups and report the values and philosophies of management in their narratives, thus highlighting the benefits of change while suppressing any negative aspects. This paper draws attention to the dramatic nature of the conversion story and explores the sharp distinction between the reporting of experiences prior to and after change. We also investigate the relationship between constructing conversion stories and gaining personal and career advancement at work and suggest that beneath the positive exterior of the conversion narratives lies a theme of silence, which may be related to career advancement. Our findings suggest that such stories of silence complicate the conversion story as an example of positive organizational change and discuss implications for both the theory and practice of narrative change research.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/09534810410564569
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2004, Emerald Group Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009200

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Management and Marketing
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