Considering planned change Anew: Stretching large group interventions strategically, emotionally, and meaningfully

Jean M. Bartunek, Julia Balogun, Boram Do

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Large Group Interventions, methods for involving "the whole system" in a change process, are important contemporary planned organizational change approaches. They are well known to practitioners but unfamiliar to many organizational researchers, despite the fact that these interventions address crucial issues about which many organizational researchers are concerned. On the other hand, these interventions do not appear to be informed by contemporary developments in organizational theorizing. This disconnect on both sides is problematic. We describe such interventions and their importance; illustrate them with extended descriptions of particular Future Search and Whole-Scale™ change interventions; summarize research on strategy, emotion, and sense-making that may inform them; and suggest questions about the interventions that may stimulate research and reflection on practice. We also discuss conditions that may foster effective engagement between Large Group Interventions practitioners and organizational researchers. Our approach represents a way to conduct a review that combines scholarly literature and skilled practice and to initiate a dialog between them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-52
Number of pages52
JournalAcademy of Management Annals
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jun

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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