Acting strategically during change: A process and dwelling world-view approach

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de Metz, N., Jansen van Rensburg, M. and Davis, A. 2023. Acting strategically during change: A process and dwelling world-view approach. Journal of Change Management. 23 (3), pp. 250-268. https://doi.org/10.1080/14697017.2023.2238744
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TitleActing strategically during change: A process and dwelling world-view approach
Authorsde Metz, N., Jansen van Rensburg, M. and Davis, A.
Abstract

Strategic change processes are characterized by high levels of ambiguity and uncertainty. Responding to these changes requires a dynamic approach with a wider set of skills and coping mechanisms. In this article, we argue for a broad focus on change that considers the tacit elements of strategising. We adopted a dwelling worldview as well as a strong process ontology combined with a practice perspective to capture the complexity and richness of a strategic change process with a focus on identity and legitimacy dynamics. This article reports on an emerging process model of how individuals in non-managerial positions respond to and make sense of planned strategic change. The study followed a longitudinal, processual approach using a South African business school as the research setting. The findings of the study contribute towards a deepened understanding of the dynamics that occur within strategic change processes, showing that strategising is a dynamic process involving instinct, adjustment and phronetic action. Understanding how individuals respond, adapt and cope during strategic change processes provides potentially helpful insight into how strategic change is enabled or constrained, which could have future implications on how change processes are designed or implemented.

KeywordsStrategic change; process ontology; strategy-as-practice; dwelling world view; identity and legitimacy-in-process
Sustainable Development Goals8 Decent work and economic growth
Middlesex University ThemeSustainability
PublisherRoutledge
JournalJournal of Change Management
ISSN1469-7017
Electronic1479-1811
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Print03 Jul 2023
Online27 Jul 2023
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Accepted18 Jul 2023
Deposited03 Apr 2024
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This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Journal of Change Management. de Metz, N., Jansen van Rensburg, M., & Davis, A. (2023). Acting Strategically During Change: A Process and Dwelling World-view Approach. Journal of Change Management, 23(3), 250–268. https://doi.org/10.1080/14697017.2023.2238744.
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14697017.2023.2238744
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