Quotation Kump, Barbara. 2019. Beyond Power Struggles: A Multi-level Perspective on Incongruences at the Interface of Practice, Knowledge, and Identity in Radical Organizational Change. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. 55 (1), 5-26.


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Previous approaches to describing challenges inherent in radical organizational change have mainly focused on power struggles. A complementary but less researched view proposes that many problems occur because radical change causes certain incongruences within an organization. In line with the latter perspective, this article suggests that radical change leads to incongruences between “what they do” (practice), “what they know” (knowledge), and “who they are” (identity) as an organization; to achieve the change, these incongruences need to be accommodated by the organization’s individual members. The article takes a multilevel perspective and describes how in radical change organizational goals may interfere with individual characteristics at the intersections of practice, knowledge, and identity. This enables a fine-grained analysis of reasons why radical change efforts may fail, beyond power struggles. The model is concrete enough to help change managers foresee many practical problems, such as member disidentification, routine breakdowns, or knowledge gaps.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Applied Behavioral Science
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Beyond Power Struggles: A Multi-level Perspective on Incongruences at the Interface of Practice, Knowledge, and Identity in Radical Organizational Change
Volume 55
Number 1
Year 2019
Page from 5
Page to 26
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0021886318801277
Open Access N

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Institute for Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship IN (Details)
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1925 Knowledge management (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5517 Organisational psychology (Details)
5521 Cognitive psychology (Details)
5945 Organisational development (Details)
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