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OD, change management, and the a priori: introducing parrhesia

Arthur Jay Sementelli (Department of Public Administration, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA)

Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Article publication date: 14 November 2016




The purpose of this paper is to introduce a Foucauldian concept into the theory and practice of OD and change management. The piece challenges Habermasian a priori assumptions about organizational diagnosis and intervention.


This is a conceptual paper.


Literature points to the benefit of considering the possibility of parrhesiastic behavior in change management and organization development as part of a broader set of diagnostic tools.

Research limitations/implications

Future research should engage in practice driven test cases, interview practicing change managers, and refine the concept for use as a diagnostic tool.

Practical implications

Including discussions of parrhesia in change management and OD study and practices can better prepare change professionals for the realities of contemporary organizational practices.


To date, the links developed in this manuscript have not been made in the management literature, though it builds upon emerging literature in critical management studies and human resource management. It has the potential to influence both theory and practices of both OD and change management.



Sementelli, A.J. (2016), "OD, change management, and the a priori: introducing parrhesia", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 29 No. 7, pp. 1083-1096.



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