They meet, they talk … but nothing changes: Meetings as a focal context for studying change processes in organizations

Florian E. Klonek, Hilko Paulsen, Simone Kauffeld

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Abstract

In this chapter, we discuss how meetings relate to organizational change management. We present a coding instrument that assesses meeting talk in terms of change or sustain talk, two psycholinguistic constructs that are supposed to facilitate or inhibit organizational changes and that represent participants' readiness versus their resistance to change. We present a step-by-step guideline on how the dynamics of readiness and resistance to change within one meeting can be graphed using a time-sensitive measure that we call the R-index (i.e., for readiness and resistance to change). We show how two theoretical frameworks – Lewin's field theory and the transtheoretical model of change – are related to the operationalization of change talk and sustain talk in meetings. Finally, we discuss how the R-index can be used as a dynamic measure of change readiness in meetings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Handbook of Meeting Science
EditorsJ Allen, N Lehmann-Willenbrock, S Rogelberg
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages413-439
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781107589735
ISBN (Print)9781107067189
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

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