Breaking up old Marriages: The Political Process of Change and Continuity of Work

Annette Kamp

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    This article contends that political processes are essential dynamics in creating continuity and change in organizations. A central aim is to inform the debate on change in organizations by conceptualizing and exploring the interplay between actors' political rationales, organizational culture, and new management concepts. Attention is given to the introduction of technical-bureaucratic management concepts for Occupational Health and Safety and the environment through presenting a case study, where both managers' and shop-floor personnel's political behaviour can be examined the findings illustrate hotel continuity rather than change often prevails through the existence of more stabilized patterns of politics. The Establishment of shared systems of meaning, conceived as the social constitution of the company is shown to be a central mechanism Sar the regulation of politics, explaining the selectivity of politics regarding issues, arenas, arguments and actors. In particular, the relative importance of shop-floor personnel's politicking is discussed and ii is shown hotel their way of politicking differs from the forms found in management. Consequently it is suggested that studies of political processes, which seek to encompass these forms of politics would benefit from the insights gained in cultural studies.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalTechnology Analysis & Strategic Management
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)75-90
    Publication statusPublished - 2000


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