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Succession Sensemaking and Organizational Change: A Story of a Deviant College President

Robert P. Gephart Jr (University of Alberta, Canada)

Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Article publication date: 1 March 1991

Abstract

A conceptual framework or model of the sensemaking practices, cultural objects and “programmatically constructed entities” used to produce meaningful stories of succession and organisational change are presented. The framework is elaborated and tested through an expansion analysis of a story about the termination of a “deviant” college president. It is discussed how the present framework can help managers and researchers better understand and manage organisational storytelling and organisational change.

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Gephart, R.P. (1991), "Succession Sensemaking and Organizational Change: A Story of a Deviant College President", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 35-44. https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000001196

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MCB UP Ltd

Copyright © 1991, MCB UP Limited