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Advice to Practitioners: A Review of the Popular Press Literature on Planned Change Communication
Unformatted Document Text:  Advice to Practitioners - 5 implementation described in the book? and (e) What are the specific actions / steps (especially as related to communication) that are detailed in the book? We had data analyses meetings after each of us had read two books. We shared what we learned about each book and discussed the interpretations of the advice in the books. Those meetings continued after every set of eight books until all the books had been read and discussed. The data sheets were then compiled and shared among all four of us in the research team. We then each took a question (or two) from the content notes and each developed themes from those categories. Categories were then shared among the team and confirmation and adjustments were made. What follows is a description of these content analyses results. Results The Nature of Change What is change? What causes it? How will you recognize it when you see it? These are some of the questions that the various authors seek to address about the very nature of change and its role in organizational life. We identified five major themes concerning this question (Table 2 presents a summary of the key themes discovered in our analyses). As these questions get at very complex and often philosophical issues, it is not surprising that in many instances individual authors’ characterizations of the nature of change were often multi-dimensional. Conner (1992) exemplifies this type of characterization by stating that change can be a “jungle” rife with danger as well as opportunity (p. x) while also asserting that change is inevitable and a hallmark of our lives. This definition falls into the Mysterious/Dangerous as well as the Ubiquitous categories. Despite some overlap in individual characterizations, distinct themes surrounding the nature of change consistently emerged in our analyses. Byproduct of Modern Life The most prevalent characterization of the nature of change in the literature is that change is a byproduct of modern life. These authors claim that modernity is a fast-paced all-encompassing reality. There is a drive towards technological innovation while the connectivity and interdependence between people and organizations across the globe increases exponentially. Cameron and Quinn (1999) exemplify

Authors: Lewis, Laurie., Stephens, Keri., Schmisseur, Amy. and Weir, Kathleen.
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Advice to Practitioners - 5
implementation described in the book? and (e) What are the specific actions / steps (especially as related
to communication) that are detailed in the book? We had data analyses meetings after each of us had read
two books. We shared what we learned about each book and discussed the interpretations of the advice in
the books. Those meetings continued after every set of eight books until all the books had been read and
discussed. The data sheets were then compiled and shared among all four of us in the research team. We
then each took a question (or two) from the content notes and each developed themes from those
categories. Categories were then shared among the team and confirmation and adjustments were made.
What follows is a description of these content analyses results.
Results
The Nature of Change
What is change? What causes it? How will you recognize it when you see it? These are some of
the questions that the various authors seek to address about the very nature of change and its role in
organizational life. We identified five major themes concerning this question (Table 2 presents a
summary of the key themes discovered in our analyses). As these questions get at very complex and often
philosophical issues, it is not surprising that in many instances individual authors’ characterizations of the
nature of change were often multi-dimensional. Conner (1992) exemplifies this type of characterization
by stating that change can be a “jungle” rife with danger as well as opportunity
(p. x)
while also asserting
that change is inevitable and a hallmark of our lives. This definition falls into the Mysterious/Dangerous
as well as the Ubiquitous categories. Despite some overlap in individual characterizations, distinct themes
surrounding the nature of change consistently emerged in our analyses.
Byproduct of Modern Life
The most prevalent characterization of the nature of change in the literature is that change is a
byproduct of modern life. These authors claim that modernity is a fast-paced all-encompassing reality.
There is a drive towards technological innovation while the connectivity and interdependence between
people and organizations across the globe increases exponentially. Cameron and Quinn (1999) exemplify


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