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Stealth, secrecy and subversion: the language of change

David Butcher (Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, UK)
Sally Atkinson (Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, UK)

Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Article publication date: 1 December 2001

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Abstract

Whilst language is recognised as playing a key role in the shaping of organisational phenomena, the importance of managing language actively in the context of change has received less attention. The particular relevance of the active management of language in changing the mindsets that underpin models of organisational change is discussed, leading to the conclusion that language has a key role in making apparent and legitimising emerging models that challenge the conventional “top‐down” paradigm.

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Butcher, D. and Atkinson, S. (2001), "Stealth, secrecy and subversion: the language of change", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 14 No. 6, pp. 554-569. https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000006142

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