A Relational Theory of Change and Transformation

12 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2014

Date Written: March 24, 2014


When we talk about individual or organisational change and transformation, we inevitably confront constraints such as culture, mindset, values, behaviours, etc. On one hand these constraints are important for the stability of the system, but on the other hand, they pose severe challenges to create and adapt to changes at the first place. In this article, we will look at a couple of leading theories of change and transformation highlighting their inherent strengths and weaknesses. We will develop a relational theory of change and empower it with the use of appropriate metaphors to foster change and transformation in business and social contexts. Through examples we will illustrate how changing our metaphors and applying the knowledge gained from relational theory enable us to find new solutions to many of our business and social problems and create new pathways to transformation.

Keywords: Change Management, Transformation, Metaphors, Mindset

Suggested Citation

Sankaran, Krishnaswamy, A Relational Theory of Change and Transformation (March 24, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2458742 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2458742

Krishnaswamy Sankaran (Contact Author)

Radical Innovations Group - RIG ( email )

Vaasa, 65101

HOME PAGE: http://www.rigv.fi

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