Leading Change by Managing Paradoxes

Academic Article


  • Leadership is about influencing behavior. Influencing people to change customary ways of behaving is a great leadership challenge. Leadership theories emphasize the role of the leader as an agent or initiator of change. A number of attempts have been made to understand organizational change. Often, these attempts have sought a rational model with predictive value, or, at the least, some explicative value. In this paper we propose an argument which leads to the use of previously developed axes along which organizations may change. We propose that these axes form the basis of a space and that the organization can be represented as a point in this multidimensional space. The dynamics of organizational change can then be modeled as time-dependent movement in this space. In organizations, these dynamics will resemble those of simple, irreversible, dynamic physical systems. In more complex systems, the dynamics will become extremely dependent on initial conditions and hence are "chaotic" in nature.
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    Author List

  • Reeves T; Duncan WJ; Ginter PM
  • Start Page

  • 13
  • End Page

  • 30
  • Volume

  • 7
  • Issue

  • 1