Organisational narratives as contributing to organisationalstructure are discussed. The trend lines of narratives introduce theascent, decline and plateau narratives as reflections of organisationaldirection. The plateau narrative is used to emphasise the value insupporting the values of flat structures. Plateau narratives are moredifficult to grasp because there are more players and more actions thatpotentially merit recognition by the organisations culture. Foursuggested dimensions of plateau narratives are offered for change agentsto identify. They are stories of rotating leadership, stories ofindividuals doing any action that helps the group towards the goal,stories celebrating conscious levelling, and stories of power shiftsfrom turf to large goals.
Journal of Organizational Change Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Mar 1, 1991