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Mindful Change in Times of Permanent Reorganization

Organizational, Institutional and Sustainability Perspectives

  • Guido Becke

Part of the CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance book series (CSEG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction

  3. Organizational Mindfulness: A Concept for Mindful Organizational Change?

  4. Dialogue: A Concept for Designing Organizational Change Mindfully

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Miriam Behrens, Peter Bleses
      Pages 113-127
  5. Trust as a Challenge to Organizational Change

  6. Mindfulness in Social Change: A Societal Perspective

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 245-248

About this book


Since the 1990ies, organizations from different sectors have been operating in increasingly dynamic socio-economic environments characterized by unexpected events and instability. Organizations tend to adjust to dynamic environments by change initiatives promoting permanent reorganization. Such change initiatives often induce unintended effects, e.g. an erosion of trust, the violation of ‘psychological contracts’ in employees’ eyes or a decrease in organizational effectiveness. This book explores and analyzes whether such unintended effects can be anticipated or constructively dealt with by mindful change. The latter refers to the concept of organizational mindfulness that originally is linked to risk and safety research, e.g. in respect to ‘High Reliability Organizations’. In this book, organizational mindfulness is re-conceptualized addressing organizational change in the perspective of organizational sustainability. Moreover, it is explored how institutions foster or restrict organizations’ capability of organizational mindfulness in change processes. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Guido Becke
    • 1
  1. 1.artec Forschungszentrum NachhaltigkeitUniversität BremenBremenGermany

About the editors

PD Dr. Guido Becke studied Social Sciences at the Ruhr-University of Bochum and obtained his doctoral degree in Sociology at the University of Dortmund (2001). In 2007, Guido Becke completed his second dissertation (habilitation) in Labour Studies at the University of Bremen. Since 2002, Guido Becke has been working as senior researcher at the artec | Research Centre for Sustainability Studies (University of Bremen), also co-ordinating the research unit ,Work and Organizations’. Moreover, he is senior lecturer in Work and Organization Studies. Main areas of research: Work and Social Relations, Labor and Organization Studies, Work and Social Sustainability, Health Promotion in the Workplace, Work in Social Services, Flexible Organizations and Work Structures. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Mindful Change in Times of Permanent Reorganization
  • Book Subtitle Organizational, Institutional and Sustainability Perspectives
  • Editors Guido Becke
  • Series Title CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance
  • Series Abbreviated Title CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-38693-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-51072-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-38694-7
  • Series ISSN 2196-7075
  • Series E-ISSN 2196-7083
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 248
  • Number of Illustrations 9 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Human Resource Management
    Organizational Studies, Economic Sociology
    Labor Economics
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