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Reform as Routine: Organizational Change and Stability in the Modern World

Nils Brunsson


Large contemporary organizations seem to be in an almost continual state of change. Whether in public or private organizations, managers are trying to implement new organizational forms, introduce new procedures or systems, or change the attitudes of employees. Such reforms often yield disappointing results, and so new reforms are deemed necessary. This book considers why reform takes place. It looks at why reforms occur when they do, what their consequences are, and the role of social intuitions, public discourse, reform models, fashions, and hope. The text draws on both European and American ... More

Keywords: managers, new organizational forms, employees, reforms, reform, social institutions, reform models

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780198296706
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198296706.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nils Brunsson, author
City of Stockholm Professor, Stockholm School of Economics