Materializing the organization: The role of change consultants in processes of objectification

Skovgaard-Smith, Irene (2016) Materializing the organization: The role of change consultants in processes of objectification. In: Consultation for Organizational Change Revisited. Research in Management Consulting . Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC.

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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to explore the relevance of materiality for understanding consulting practice, based on an ethnographic study of consultants at work with clients on change projects. The chapter shows how consultants are given the role as objectifiers in client organizations and can potentially take part in materializing the organization and its problems and activities in ways that benefit the change process. However, such processes of objectification might also be truncated when the objects produced by consultants are rejected rather than reappropriated in the client organization.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Organizational change, Management Consultants, Materiality
Faculty: ARCHIVED Lord Ashcroft International Business School (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Dr Irene Skovgaard-Smith
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 09:17
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 16:12
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/701502

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