The moral context of participation in planned organizational change and learning

Gary Zajac, John G. Bruhn

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Planned change and learning are often presented as necessary and beneficial organizational activities, especially during times of environmental flux. Although change can be imposed as a diktat from above, the literature often suggests that employees and others should become involved in such change. Thus, the organization is faced with questions about obligations to involve employees, clients, customers, and citizens in such change. This study examines how various moral schemata treat moral claims to participation. Although there is no clear answer to the question of the moral obligations of the organization with respect to engaging participation in planned change, these schemata do alert organizational leaders to the moral complexities surrounding participation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)706-733
Number of pages28
JournalAdministration and Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing


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