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Contesting the dominant narrative

expanding the multistory cultural change approach
par: martijn small 111976003371 Martijn van Ooijen, Antonie van Nistelrooij, Marcel Veenswijk - ; Source Journal of Organizational Change Management   03-03-2020

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The purpose of this paper is to expand the theory on multistory cultural change by showing how a dominant narrative on construction safety dynamically interrelates and is contested on multiple intertextual levels in an organizational field of organizations contributing to the recovery of houses in an earthquake region.



An ethnoventionist research approach was adopted in which interpretation of data to find narratives and designing interventions went hand-in-hand.



We found four distinctive composite narratives besides the dominant narrative to which five actors refer in their accounts, thereby contributing to three types of story patterns. These narratives disclose the taken-for-granted ideas and beliefs that characterize the challenge of changing organizational culture. One intervention, which intended multiple stories to touch the surface, was highlighted as a multistory intervention.


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