Translating organizational change: An actor-network-theory inspired theory about organizational change

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This paper takes it point of departure in actor-network-theory (ANT). It responds to the Next Management Theory tracks call for papers that address and further develops our understanding of organizational change as translation processes. It moreover addresses a critique of ANT researchers in organizational studies for making descriptions of studied empirical phenomena rather than developing theories and giving normative advice about how organizations or organizational change processes may be theorized, analyzed, managed and/or
organized better. A new ANT-inspired perspective on the characteristics of organizations, organizational change and change agents is therefore developed combining ANT with other theories. The relevance of this view is demonstrated in an analysis of a case where a nurse and the leader of a clinic for orthopedic surgery try to translate and thus implement a risk management and deviation-registration system aimed at minimizing risk of hip replacement
patients clinical pathways in an orthopedic clinic.
TitelEuropean Academy of Management. Proceedings
Antal sider40
Publikationsdato1 jun. 2016
StatusUdgivet - 1 jun. 2016
BegivenhedEURAM 2016 - Université Paris, Paris, Frankrig
Varighed: 1 jun. 20164 jun. 2016


KonferenceEURAM 2016
LokationUniversité Paris


  • Actor-network-theory, translation, organizational change, design, learning,

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