Chapter 14: Advancing Strong Structuration Theory in organizational change research
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Researchers studying organizational change can struggle to capture the full extent of phenomena, tending to focus on either agency or social structure but not both (Kennedy, O’Gorman & Lee, 2021). Because both agency and structure are implicated in change research questions, having a research method sophisticated enough to incorporate them is essential. Recent organizational change studies using Strong Structuration Theory (SST) by Rob Stones (2005) have shown promising results in taking structure and agency into account and balancing perspectives from objectivism and subjectivism. This chapter examines SST as theory in detail, explains how it can represent an improvement for empirical research over older structuration theory (Giddens, 1979, 1984), and provides guidance on how to organize change research with SST. From a diverse set of published SST studies, best practices in creating effective change research case studies emerge. The chapter closes by exploring how change researchers might expand the use of SST going forward.

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