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The Chronotypes of Change: Actor-Networks in a Changing Business School

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Stewart Clegg


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This article investigates how a leading business school is reshaping its identity through a process that includes, but is not limited to, the building of a new facility designed by the Canadian architect Frank Gehry, as well as a major revision of the teaching programmes, ethos and branding. By investigating this process in an actor-network theory fashion, and introducing the notion of chronotope, the article answers three central questions related to the notion of change: How does organizational change happen in the daily life of a project? What gives unity to a chain of small relational changes? How can processual change possibly be managed? Theoretically, the article argues that change emerges in the micro-dynamics of organizing, fragments that are stitched together by macro-dominant narratives, in a constant process of translations that occur between human and non-human actants. The management of change is pursued through a constant micro-politics of network maintenance and enactment.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lancione M, Clegg SR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Change Management

Year: 2013

Volume: 13

Issue: 2

Pages: 117-142

Online publication date: 16/04/2013

ISSN (print): 1469-7017

ISSN (electronic): 1479-1811

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/14697017.2012.753930


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