Int. J. of Information Systems and Change Management   »   2007 Vol.2, No.3

 

 

Title: Edification: towards a philosophy for change management

 

Author: Chen H. Chung

 

Address: School of Management, Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky, 425E Business and Economics Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0034, USA

 

Abstract: This paper proposes an 'edification' philosophy for change management. In place of the traditional concept of 'going from here to there' for change management, the edification philosophy recognises that states are transient and that the process of change is just a series of redescriptions. The edification philosophy is to enhance our awareness through a continuing conversation which is nothing but a series of redescriptions generated by the participating parties. The edification philosophy thus facilitates the organisation's redescription process and therefore, the tasks of change management.

 

Keywords: change management; edification; philosophy of change; redescription.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJISCM.2007.015596

 

Int. J. of Information Systems and Change Management, 2007 Vol.2, No.3, pp.207 - 216

 

Available online: 02 Nov 2007

 

 

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