"a fresh approach to managing organizational change by looking at it as complex, dynamic and messy as opposed to a series of neat, linear stages and processes leading to success. Key to the approach is the idea that change, creativity and innovation all overlap and interconnect rather than being three separate areas of study" for a competitive edge when developing new technologies, products and services.
As the editor of Chan6es and as a research post grad, I can say I have read Dr's Dawson and Andriopoulos book and I highly recommend it. Particularly if you are seeking to gain a historical overview of business change management theories, models and practices. I found the book led me into thought provoking academic considerations about innovative ways of developing change management models.
Honorary Fellow of Keele University in the UK, John Edmonstone read this book during his social research into health, social and community care action learning. He reports that the Managing Change, Creativity & Innovation authors
"quite deliberately do not aim to offer over-simplified guidelines and prescriptions" for [change management] action. Indeed they "regularly disparage the ‘guru literature’ of other authors who have previously done so." However, they do "if not paradoxically", "offer a number of ‘lessons’ for managing change, creativity and innovation" that are:-
- There are no universal prescriptions
- Change is a political process
- Time, planning and flexibility are essential
- Critical reflection is central and
- Learn from all experiences by not simply focusing on anecdotes of ‘success’".
In overview, if you are interested in furthering a career in organisational change management, this book is more than worthy of a visit to your local university library.