Chapter 3: Conducting processual research on organisation change
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This chapter discusses the theoretical background and practical guidelines on conducting processual research on organisation change. It introduces the concept of process as understood in diverse domains and discusses the most relevant interpretation of the term for organisation change scholars. Thereafter, it discusses the processual nature of organisation change and highlights the value of a processual perspective in making sense of change in organisations. Methodological aspects of collecting and analysing processual data form the core of the chapter. Here the particular focus is on highlighting the key role of a longitudinal, qualitative, case study approach in capturing and analysing the event sequences as they unfold in an organisation change initiative. The nature of theory (middle-range, ‘sometime-true’ theory) in processual analysis is discussed, with a particular focus on the identification of mechanisms underpinning the sequence of events. The chapter concludes by offering some practical guidelines on conducting processual research on organisation change.

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