An investigation into resistance practices at an SME consultancy

Griffiths, M and Light, BA ORCID: 2009, 'An investigation into resistance practices at an SME consultancy' , Journal of Enterprise Information Management, 22 (1/2) , pp. 119-136.

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Purpose – Prior research emphasises that organisational founders have a good deal of influence in organisational development and, where information and communication technogies (ICTs) are involved, a generic strategy is usually deployed by managers in order to deal with any resistance that might occur. Cognisant of this, the authors investigated the role played by a managing director of a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) consultancy in an ICT project associated with organisational development.

Design/methodology/approach – This study is based on an ethnography of an ICT related change management initiative which, theoretically, takes into account though from the social shaping of technology – specifically the idea that technologies in their broadest sense are subject to ongoing work beyond the design stage.

Findings – The authors argue that Markus' interaction theory of resistance still has relevance today and we extend it by emphasising the problem of homogenising users and downplaying their ability to appropriate resistance strategies in situ.

Research limitations/implications – The study is based upon one group of individuals' experiences. Further case studies of resistance success are required which further highlight how this is achieved and why.

Practical implications – Those engaged with organisational development projects need to be better educated as to the reasons for resistance, particularly positive ones, and the methods by which this might take place.

Originality/value – This study conceptualises strategies for “overcoming” resistance as managerial technologies. Conceptualising them in this way shows the deployment of such technologies to be a complicated and active process where the audience for such things are involved in how they are received and appropriated to suit differing agendas.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Schools > Salford Business School > Salford Business School Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Enterprise Information Management
Publisher: Emerald
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1741-0398
Depositing User: BA Light
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2011 11:02
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 12:06

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