Understanding Organizational Change as an Interactional Accomplishment: A Conversation Analytic Approach

Authors: Preget, L.

Journal: Journal of Change Management

Volume: 13

Issue: 3

Pages: 338-361

eISSN: 1479-1811

ISSN: 1469-7017

DOI: 10.1080/14697017.2013.822675


Organizational change has been recognized as involving discursive activity. However, there are relatively few discursive studies that explore the interactional strategies that are involved in constructing, negotiating or accomplishing organizational change. This paper demonstrates the value of Conversation Analysis as a means by which to identify and examine the local practices and situated competencies that managers employ when involved in 'change management'. Using this approach, the study focuses on a single case in which two managers attempt to collectively work up a sense of what 'a written plan' for forthcoming change will consist of. Specifically, it shows how change management can be regarded as an interactional accomplishment and makes visible the skills required to achieve this. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Source: Scopus

Preferred by: Louise Preget