To change or not to change

The book that redefines change management

Harold Newman is a staff member of a research institute working on the theory and practice of business organisation. His next assignment, analysing a change management project at the KSV Ltd., promises to be no major challenge. But in its course, he comes to realize that all of his beliefs and insights into successful change management are ready for the spoil heap.

Harold learns a new lesson: change management comes with strings attached. It is studded with so many pitfalls and caught up in a tangled web of interdependencies and hidden forces that the common manuals and recipes have only limited meaning in real life.

We know much about organisations when it comes to science. And yet we seem to know almost nothing when it comes to our daily experience. To Change Or Not To Change is an attempt to re-establish the lost link. The book offers a social sciences approach to organisations, building upon the complexity and irrationality of every day practice. It reveals the hidden traps of change management and offers an ironic way for better survival.

Ralf Wetzel studied business administration in Chemnitz (D) and Kingston upon Hull (UK). He gained his doctorate on organisation theory at Chemnitz University of Technology. In 2011, he joined Vlerick Business School in Belgium as Associate Professor of Organisation and Management. His current work focuses on change management, organisational dynamics and organisation theory.

After completing his vocational training as electrician, Holger Regber studied vocational education, electrical engineering, and business administration. He has been working as trainer, consultant, and project leader with a focus on production and related areas for Festo Didactic Denkendorf.

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To change or not to change
The surprising reality of change in organizations
Ralf Wetzel & Holger Regber
ISBN 9789401408905
Paperback
114 pages
€ 24,99
Also available in a digital version for Kindle via Amazon.

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