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Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Online from: 1988

Subject Area: Organization Studies

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Space and time in organizational change management

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Title:Space and time in organizational change management
Author(s):Adrian N. Carr, (School of Social Sciences, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia), Philip Hancock, (Warwick Business School, The University of Warwick, Coventry, UK)
Citation:Adrian N. Carr, Philip Hancock, (2006) "Space and time in organizational change management", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 19 Iss: 5, pp.545 - 557
Keywords:Change management, Organizational change, Resources
Article type:Conceptual paper
DOI:10.1108/09534810610686058 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The paper aims to introduce the manner in which management and organization theory have viewed space and time as significant resources and to put forward a number of more contemporary views as to how space and time is both managed and experienced.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper adopts a postmodern approach in assembling what it regards as “fragments” from a variety of disciplinary discourses on space and time. Each fragment presents, putatively, a different voice, theme or motif which are intended to help the reader better understand the trajectories contained in the other papers in the volume.

Findings – The paper finds that conceptions of space and time are fundamental to the manner in which organizations are managed and organized and are a symbolic order inter-related to themes of power and control. The manner in which we experience space and time is open to manipulation and specifically a form compression that displaces critical reflection and may make individuals prone to external locus of control. The manner in which time and space are linked to the suppression of human agency and the imperatives of capitalism cannot be overestimated and require reflexive consideration.

Originality/value – The paper, and the volume as a whole, recognises time and space as social constructions and thus open to “reconstruction”. Space and time are not simple a priori categories that are fixed, immutable absolutes and knowable entities. The recognition of the intersubjective “nature” of space and time is shown to help us better appreciate the different manner in which space and time is experienced and the manner in which space and time are used in the management of change.

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