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Models of change agency: a fourfold classification

Caldwell, Raymond (2003) Models of change agency: a fourfold classification. British Journal of Management 14 (2), pp. 131-142. ISSN 1045-3172.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.00270

Abstract

Change agents often play significant roles in initiating, managing or implementing change in organizations. Yet these roles are invariably exaggerated or misrepresented by one-dimensional models that ignore the full complexity and scope of change agent roles. Following a review and theoretical clarification of some of the literature and empirical research on change agency, a new fourfold classification of change agents is proposed, covering leadership, management, consultancy, and team models. The four models reaffirm the significance of the multifaceted and complex roles change agents perform in organizational change, while underlining the importance of conceiving change interventions within organizations as processes that need to be coordinated and effectively managed.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
Depositing User: Professor Raymond Caldwell
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2010 09:52
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:17
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/977

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