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Fixing positive change

Fixing positive change Purpose – This article aims to outline how tangible objects can encourage more efficient working practices and how they can be powerful tools for leading change within an organisation. It looks specifically at how Toyota, Haier and IDEO have very powerful symbols and the type of behaviour this wish to encourage with the company. Design/methodology/approach – This paper discusses the use of objects as powerful symbols and relates this to three specific companies. Findings – It might seem strange to denote core values through such things as a long piece of rope running through a factory, a sledgehammer attached to a company wall and a small bell that is occasionally rung in meetings. Chosen carefully, however, and with real meaning behind them, those objects can be very powerful symbols that have a lasting impact on corporate culture and can encourage positive change within the organisation. Originality/value – This article outlines how tangible objects can encourage more efficient working practices and how they can be powerful tools for leading change within an organisation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Strategic Direction Emerald Publishing

Fixing positive change

Strategic Direction , Volume 31 (2): 3 – Jan 12, 2015

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0258-0543
DOI
10.1108/SD-01-2015-0002
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Abstract

Purpose – This article aims to outline how tangible objects can encourage more efficient working practices and how they can be powerful tools for leading change within an organisation. It looks specifically at how Toyota, Haier and IDEO have very powerful symbols and the type of behaviour this wish to encourage with the company. Design/methodology/approach – This paper discusses the use of objects as powerful symbols and relates this to three specific companies. Findings – It might seem strange to denote core values through such things as a long piece of rope running through a factory, a sledgehammer attached to a company wall and a small bell that is occasionally rung in meetings. Chosen carefully, however, and with real meaning behind them, those objects can be very powerful symbols that have a lasting impact on corporate culture and can encourage positive change within the organisation. Originality/value – This article outlines how tangible objects can encourage more efficient working practices and how they can be powerful tools for leading change within an organisation.

Journal

Strategic DirectionEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 12, 2015

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