„It is new, and it has to be done!“ Socio-Analytic Thoughts on Betrayal and Cynicism in Organizational Transformation

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Title: "It is new, and it has to be done!" Socio-Analytic Thoughts on Betrayal and Cynicism in Organizational Transformation
Year: 2007
Authors: Sievers, B.
Abstract:

Contemporary western organizations appear to be caught in neophily, i.e., a cult of newness and novelty. As
traditional means of organizational transformation—and profit maximization in particular—have broadly
proven insufficient or to have completely failed, contemporary capitalism has turned the Old into an antiquated
object of hatred. As the Old, and thus the past, is split off, the New—because it is new—is guaranteed
to be better. Organizational structures and processes that previously served as more or less reliable containers
for both labour and capital are now regarded as old wineskins that have served their purpose and belong on
the ‘scrapheap of history’.

This paper emanates from the working hypothesis that betrayal and cynicism, in the context of organizational
transformation, cannot sufficiently be understood from a perspective limited to individual psychopathology
but has to take the organization as a whole into account.

Keywords: Betrayal; Cynicism; Organizational Transformation; Socio-analysis
Language: English


Journal: Culture & Organization
Volume: 13
Issue: 1
Start page: 1
End page: 27
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Submitted by:
Burkard Sievers

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