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Designer Deviance: Enterprise and Deviance in Cultural Change Programs
Faculty of Commerce - Papers (Archive)
  • R Badham, Macquarie Graduate School of Management
  • Karin Garrety, University of Wollongong
  • V. Morrigan, University of Wollongong
  • M. Zanko, University of Wollongong
  • Patrick Dawson, University of Wollongong
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This article was originally published as: Badham, R, Garrety, K, Morrigan, V, Zanko, M & Dawson, P, Designer Deviance: Enterprise and Deviance in Cultural Change Programs, Organization, 2003, 10(4): 707-730. Copyright Sage Publications Ltd 2003.
This article explores the value of investigating cultural change programmes as exercises in engineering deviance. It does so through a case study of an organizational development cultural change programme at Sprogwheels, a large Australian corporation. Drawing on and extending the classic work of Becker (1966), the article details how the programme combined a moral crusade against what it sought to have labelled as the ‘deviant conservatism’ of the existing organizational culture with social support for ‘deviant radicalism’, in the form of a counter-cultural, self-enterprising set of middle managers promoting corporate change. The article explores the complex and contradictory ideas of deviance that are deployed in such programmes, and examines the implications of a deviance analysis for an improved understanding of the dynamics of cultural change.
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R Badham, Karin Garrety, V. Morrigan, M. Zanko, et al.. "Designer Deviance: Enterprise and Deviance in Cultural Change Programs" (2003)
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