Corporate cultural change: Is it relevant for the organisations of the 1990s?

Veronica Hope , John Hendry

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Partly as a consequence of the popularity of the ‘excellence’ literature of the early 1980s, there was a widespread acceptance that ‘corporate cultural change’ was one of the effective mechanisms within a strategic HRM approach to people management. However, recent research into imposed cultural change programmes in the late 1980s raises doubts about their effectiveness as change mechanisms, as management control devices and as contributors to business performance. This article engages in the current debate concerning the aims, design and implementation of cultural change but goes on to question the relevance of such an idea for organisations in the context of the 1990s. the article extends the many debates within the HRM and corporate culture literature by contextualising them within the emerging features of organisations in the 1990s.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-73
JournalHuman Resource Management Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1995


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