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Cognitive micro-foundations at work: how organizations resist change in work practice
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
Number of Authors: 1
2016 (English)In: Baltic Journal of Management, ISSN 1746-5265, E-ISSN 1746-5273, Vol. 11, no 4, 473-492 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the essence that is, the nature of organizational responses to efficiently resist enforced change in institutionalized work practice destined to address poor organizational performance. The micro-foundations of the cognitive logic that are activated when organizations face change are hereby conceptualized.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a case study design, the study focusses on narratives of a failure to implement a regulatory enforced change in work practice at a military academy established in the 1600s. The interviews are complemented by secondary data.

Findings

The analysis reveals a cognitive framework by which the members of the organization shaped their responses. By building on micro-foundations for mobilizing resistance (i.e. the essential substance at a micro level), this study shows how the cognitive logic is activated to respond to change. To show how the cognitive logic is used to mitigate and compensate for incongruences with the regulatory logic, this study outlines a set of strategic resistance maneuvers and cognitive resistance forces that restrict regulatory influence on change in work practice. This study thus provides insights into maneuvers and resistance forces that members may activate to resist change efficiently.

Originality/value

To the author’s knowledge, this is the first study to attempt to conceptualize the essence of the cognitive logic activated to resist organizational change.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 11, no 4, 473-492 p.
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Entrepreneurship and Innovation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-11373DOI: 10.1108/BJM-01-2016-0002ISI: 000386788900006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84989256998Local ID: a532f578-35cd-477a-b808-1f5162431417OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-11373DiVA: diva2:984323
Note

Validerad; 2016; Nivå 2; 2016-10-03 (andbra)

Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2017-05-24Bibliographically approved

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