A Machiavellian analysis of organisational change

McGuire, David and Hutchings, Kate (2006) A Machiavellian analysis of organisational change. Journal Of Organizational Change Management, 19 2: 192-209. doi:10.1108/09534810610648906

Author McGuire, David
Hutchings, Kate
Title A Machiavellian analysis of organisational change
Journal name Journal Of Organizational Change Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0953-4814
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/09534810610648906
Volume 19
Issue 2
Start page 192
End page 209
Total pages 18
Place of publication Bradford
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject CX
Formatted abstract
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to undertake a Machiavellian analysis of the determinants of organisational change. It aims to present a model of how power, leaders and teams, rewards and discipline, and roles, norms and values, serve as drivers, enablers or inhibitors of organisational change.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper adopts the sixteenth century Machiavellian text The Prince as a lens through which to examine organisational change.

Findings – The paper concludes that Machiavellian thinking provides a valuable guide to the challenges and obstacles in negotiating organisational change and identifies the individual as occupying the central role in determining whether the change intervention will be accepted or rejected.

Originality/value – The longevity of Machiavellian thinking underlines the constancy of human behaviour and the relevance of age-old thinking in understanding and negotiating change in a complex fast-paced business environment.
Keyword organizational change
strategic management
management power
individual behaviour
Q-Index Code CX

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
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