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Cultural imperialism A critical theory of interorganizational change

Cultural imperialism A critical theory of interorganizational change Current theories of organization tend to discuss the management of change across networks in a grammar of instrumental reason, thereby offering legitimacy to the imperialism that emerges when groups come together in a shared-change experience. However, by adopting principles of critical theory, the social research project initiated by a group of scholars known as the "Frankfurt School", we may challenge this degradation of knowledge and its companion, human domination. A critical theory of interorganizational change reveals three forms of organizational imperialism: cultural domination, cultural imposition, and cultural fragmentation. From this perspective, we may understand the deleterious human, social and cultural consequences of organizational expansionism, and thereby initiate a dialogue for cultural emancipation, a more meaningful, culturally sensitive approach to change. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Organizational Change Management Emerald Publishing

Cultural imperialism A critical theory of interorganizational change

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2000 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0953-4814
DOI
10.1108/09534810010330878
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Abstract

Current theories of organization tend to discuss the management of change across networks in a grammar of instrumental reason, thereby offering legitimacy to the imperialism that emerges when groups come together in a shared-change experience. However, by adopting principles of critical theory, the social research project initiated by a group of scholars known as the "Frankfurt School", we may challenge this degradation of knowledge and its companion, human domination. A critical theory of interorganizational change reveals three forms of organizational imperialism: cultural domination, cultural imposition, and cultural fragmentation. From this perspective, we may understand the deleterious human, social and cultural consequences of organizational expansionism, and thereby initiate a dialogue for cultural emancipation, a more meaningful, culturally sensitive approach to change.

Journal

Journal of Organizational Change ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 1, 2000

Keywords: Culture; Theory

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