SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Dynamic Forces of Organizational Changes: Alignment of Interests and Imposition of Identity

Dr Jonathan Tanner

Date: 30 January 2019Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 30 January 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Room S209

Type of Event: Seminar

Organizations need to be aware of the drivers for change and how to prepare, plan, lead and implement programmes designed to meet these challenges. Organizational change has often been approached as either a change of staffing structure or a change in technology but commonly these changes are intimately interconnected. For organizational changes to succeed it is necessary for managers to negotiate new staff roles (identities) and to persuade staff to disengage from their existing teams and structures and to align to new structures (networks of association). This study examines the introduction of technology for use by administrative staff in a Higher Education Institution and how their interests were aligned, and identities re-negotiated. Data analysis is carried out using Actor-Network Theory (ANT) which focuses on social and material (technical) aspects of situations. ANT has a reputation for being difficult to understand and operationalise in the field. The aim of this research is to develop a practical approach to the use of ANT in the field. Although this research is centred on the field of organization studies, ANT is highly applicable to the study of Religions and Philosophies, Archaeology and related fields.  

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Organiser: Prof Catherine Hezser

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