A Place at the Window: Theorizing Organizational Change for Advocacy of the Marginalized

Jacobson, Seth A., Callahan, Jamie and Ghosh, Rajashi (2015) A Place at the Window: Theorizing Organizational Change for Advocacy of the Marginalized. Human Resource Development Review, 14 (4). pp. 462-485. ISSN 1534-4843

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/1534484315608555


Using Giddens’s Structuration Theory as a lens, this article theorizes an organizational change perspective that emphasizes the role of the marginalized. The context for this work is the current changes within the Roman Catholic Church, with respect to its teaching and norms around homosexuality. The change perspective proposes the emergence of “Legitimate Alternative Structural Configurations” (LASC) from which organizational actors find guidance for enacting behaviors that promote greater inclusion of the marginalized in a global organization. Six propositions are offered for considering the ways in which marginal actors facilitate the emergence of LASC. This conceptualization of change provides a useful lens for recognizing, understanding, and promoting the transformation of oppressive organizational structures (in this case, the Roman Catholic Church), while emphasizing the role of marginal actors in the process of change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Structuration Theory, LGBT, Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, organizational change
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2018 12:06
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:49
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34022

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