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This chapter contains the book’s introduction. It first briefly explains the importance of rules on the liability and responsibilities of online intermediaries for illegal online content provided by third parties. Next, it identifies the book’s main focus: the question whether the current EU rules, specifically those laid down in Articles 14 and 15 of the e-Commerce Directive, are still fit-for-purpose and if not, how those rules should be evolve. It is further explained that that question will be answered having regard, in particular, to relevant developments in law and in practice both in the EU and in the US. Certain conceptual issues are also addressed and an outline of the remainder of the book is provided.
Aaron C.T. Smith, James Skinner and Daniel Read
Chapter 1 notes that the need for change features prominently in organizational ambitions, as its success or failure can lead to decisive consequences, from transformational improvements in productivity to catastrophic plunges towards insolvency. Research also reveals a discord between organizations’ change ambitions and their tangible effects on organizational performance. Perhaps most concerning, the evidence informing organizational change is scant and tends to rely on unvalidated theories, models, cases and commentaries. The chapter subsequently outlines how this book’s second edition aims to inventory and explain the diverse and pluralistic organizational change approaches that have attracted research and practitioner interest. It reveals the ‘philosophies’ that guide change theories and models on the presupposition that a better understanding of these underpinning perspectives provides valuable insight for the research and practice of change. The approach assumes that organizational change can be best studied and applied when the philosophies that structure an approach are clearly exposed.