Storytelling and change: an unfolding story

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Change spawns stories and stories can trigger change. Stories can also block change and can define what constitutes change. In this Introduction to the special issue, the special issue editors explore some of the current debates on stories and organizational change, introduce the articles that are included in the issue, identify some prominent themes (power, identity construction and defence, plurivocality, knowledge transfer, boundary unfreezing, sense-making and sense-destroying) and some possible blind spots (authenticity, narrative structure). In this way, they offer a conspectus on the current state of play in this field, signalling some challenges and directions for the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-333
Number of pages11
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • resistance to change
  • narratives
  • stories
  • voice of experience
  • organizational change
  • knowledge transfer
  • sense-making


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