Exploring the application of positioning theory to the analysis of organisational change

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Zelle, G.
organisational change; change management; employee responses; theories of change; resisting change; change communication; Business; Social and Behavioral Sciences
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The present paper proposes the application of Positioning Theory as an analytical tool in organisational change research. Positioning Theory can contribute to an enhanced understanding of organisational change. It is a discursive approach to change. Its dynamic nature can capture a detailed picture of change and provide better understanding due to attention to contexts. It allows consideration of multiple levels of social analysis - people, institutions and society. Positioning Theory in this sense has a dual relevance for research in organisational change, as a theoretical framework and a method of social analysis. Throughout the paper I develop a rationale for this proposition. The theoretical assumptions are underpinned with some examples from a preliminary data analysis.