Processual Approach to Change


The processual approach highlights the importance of context in examining unfolding processes of change. Rather than follow concrete steps to make change happen, leaders are encouraged to focus on two main principles underlying the theory.

Technique Overview

Processual Approach to Change

Processual Approach to Change Definition

The processual approach states that change is continuous and without a finite end point. Change is also a "messy" process that is shaped by an organisation's history, culture, and internal politics. As such, the processual theory does not prescribe a list of steps to manage change (Pettigrew, 1985).

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  • Beckhard, R., & Harris, R. T. (1987) ‘Organizational Transitions: Managing Complex Change’, Second Edition, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Reading, MA.
  • Buckley, R. & Caple, J. (1995) ‘A Systematic Approach to Training’, in The Theory and Practice of Training, Kogan Page, London.
  • Burnes, B. (2014) Managing Change (6th Ed.), Pearson, UK.
  • Carton, R.B. & Hofer, C.W. (2006) Measuring Organizational Performance, Edward Elgar, Glos, UK.

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