Field Configuring Events is a new concept from organizational science that provides valuable insights into how change happens on a micro-level. It emphasizes the role of change events such as meetings, projects, workshop and conferences play in driving change.
In your professional life you will most certainly face situations were only an organizational transformation can move you and your organization out of harm's way. New regulatory frameworks, disruptive innovations, financial crisis are some examples of events where gradual or incremental change reaches its limits. Learn how transformational change works in this CQ Dossier.
One of the most powerful tools to manage change is language. Depending on how you use it, language can enable, block or drive organizational change. While the role language plays in organizational change has not yet been fully recognized in the practical domain, the social sciences have started the so called linguistic turn years ago.
The great works of drama offer a wealth of lessons for business leaders. Shakespeare’s King Lear, for example, displays the dangers of a narcissistic, erratic leadership style. Moliere’s The Misanthrope warns against excessive, untactful honesty. This blog post focuses on Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Building on a previous post on social systems theory, I will look at Chekhov’s play through the lens of Niklas Luhmann’s theory of society. I will look particularly at forms of social differentiation and the obstacles to cognitive processing of social system change and its implications for business leaders.