Exploring the Notion of Change in Business and Organizational Systems

  • Francis Stickland


The paper seeks to open up a debate on the nature of change at a conceptual and theoretical level. It argues that the abundance of methodologies and strategies for managing change within business and organisational systems belie a desperate lack of any clear understanding of the very nature and essence of change itself. This deficiency is seen as a critical issue which is currently constraining further theoretical development of intervention approaches for organisational systems, and must be addressed. A greater understanding of the fundamental dynamics of change is called for. A cross discipline approach is proposed and the paper concludes with some suggestions for work.


Change Concept Organisation Theory General System Theory Change Phenomenon Creative Management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francis Stickland
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  1. 1.Engineering Management Centre, Department of Systems ScienceCity UniversityLondonUK

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