Third‐order change in organizations refers to attempts to help organizational members to transcend their shared schemata. It has not previously been explored in depth. Uses mystical experience as a model of how the third‐order change process may occur. Discusses several characteristics of mystical experience, focusing in particular on the central characteristic of transconceptual understanding. Presents an example of Teresa of Avila, a Spanish woman from the sixteenth century whose mystical life was reflected in her organizing activities. Suggests how mystical experience can inform understanding of the third‐order organizational change process and presents a preliminary model of ways in which the third‐order change capacity might be developed.
Bartunek, J.M. and Moch, M.K. (1994), "Third‐order Organizational Change and the Western Mystical Tradition", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 24-41. https://doi.org/10.1108/09534819410050795Download as .RIS
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