New PDF release: Agency and Change: Rethinking Change Agency in Organizations

By Raymond Caldwell

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A more extended exploration of these ideas is provided elsewhere (Caldwell 2005b). Conclusion Giddens’ work is a key reference point for any exploration of the agency–structure dichotomy in organizational theory and management practice (Whittington 1992; Reed 1997; Heracleous and Barrett 2001). For the purposes of this study, however, the dichotomy of agency and structure needs to be reconfigured by refocusing on the problematic relations between ‘agency’ and ‘change’. This requires a differentiation of agency into a ‘centred’ and ‘decentred’ continuum and a reconceptualization of ‘structure’ as consisting of both ‘systems’ and ‘processes’.

Here systems and processes will be very broadly defined as follows. Systems refer to the ordering of human social behaviour, action or meaning into relatively coherent or stable self-organizing patterns of recursive or iterative reproductive interaction which can be conceived as forming entities or ‘objects’ that can be classified and examined in terms of their hypothetical properties, boundaries, levels, inter-relationships and continuity over time. These systems and sub-systems may be conceived as consisting of highly integrated functional parts or forming loosely coupled networks within networks (Luhmann 1995).

These systems and sub-systems may be conceived as consisting of highly integrated functional parts or forming loosely coupled networks within networks (Luhmann 1995). Systems can also be explored in terms of the relational properties of ‘deep structures’ in the form of language systems, rules, codes, symbols or signs (Levi-Strauss 1966). Overall, the analysis of systems is primarily concerned with synchronic issues of structural stability and continuity, although system models can accommodate evolutionary patterns of change as well as significant discontinuities (Parsons 1951).

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