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What if Stories Dont Tally with the Culture

What if Stories Dont Tally with the Culture Stories and customs at work may mirror the culture, be survivalsfrom the past, or constitute a screen onto which fantasies are projectedserving as safety valves, sanctioned expressions of outlawemotions, or scapegoats. While some stories seem to challenge theculture they in fact preserve it others that appear to support normsand values actually indict them. Organisational change managers musttake a more sophisticated approach, recognising organisations assymbolic worlds and understanding the variety of expressive forms andprocesses. They need to be aware of inconsistencies and contradictions.They should leave some coping mechanisms in place while removing thecause of sore spots in other instances. Finally, those implementingchange may be able to use some customs and stories themselves to aid theprocess. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Organizational Change Management Emerald Publishing

What if Stories Dont Tally with the Culture

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0953-4814
DOI
10.1108/EUM0000000001195
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Abstract

Stories and customs at work may mirror the culture, be survivalsfrom the past, or constitute a screen onto which fantasies are projectedserving as safety valves, sanctioned expressions of outlawemotions, or scapegoats. While some stories seem to challenge theculture they in fact preserve it others that appear to support normsand values actually indict them. Organisational change managers musttake a more sophisticated approach, recognising organisations assymbolic worlds and understanding the variety of expressive forms andprocesses. They need to be aware of inconsistencies and contradictions.They should leave some coping mechanisms in place while removing thecause of sore spots in other instances. Finally, those implementingchange may be able to use some customs and stories themselves to aid theprocess.

Journal

Journal of Organizational Change ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 1991

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