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Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Online from: 1988

Subject Area: Organization Studies

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From integration to racial justice: Organizational learning in the YWCA

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Title:From integration to racial justice: Organizational learning in the YWCA
Author(s):Mary E. Boyce, (University of Redlands, Redlands, California, USA), Carol Ann Franklin, (University of Redlands, Redlands, California, USA)
Citation:Mary E. Boyce, Carol Ann Franklin, (1996) "From integration to racial justice: Organizational learning in the YWCA", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 9 Iss: 5, pp.91 - 101
Keywords:Integration, Organizational change, Organizational learning, Race relations, Storytelling
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/09534819610128814 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Retired, national YWCA leaders engaged in shared storytelling in order to explore organizational learning that occurred during 1946-1970, a critical period of organizational history for the YWCA of the USA. Adopting an organizational mission to eliminate racism by any means necessary (1970) was a culmination of individual and collective learning regarding social justice that resulted in organizational change. Themes that emerged in the shared storytelling were complemented by a search of organizational documents and studies. Describes individual and collective learning in the YWCA and its members between 1946-1970, and reports on the first phase of a study which will be conducted in five urban centres in the USA. Concludes that shared storytelling illustrates the potential and the challenge of organizational and social change when a movement commits itself to justice.

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