Narrative in strategic change

Richard Dunford, Deborah Jones

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Sensegiving constitutes a key process in the management of strategic change. Often this takes the form of narratives that provide a portrayal of events surrounding the change. This article reports the findings of research into the strategic change narratives that emerged in three organizations in which the senior management were seeking to respond to deregulation of the economy in which they were operating. The results illustrate both the existence of such narratives and the variation in form that they can take.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1207-1226
Number of pages20
JournalHuman Relations
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Deregulation
  • Narrative
  • Sensemaking
  • Strategic change


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