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CHAPTER 48

Employee-Led Organizational Change

Theory and Practice

Victor Wooddell and Sanyani Edwards

IT IS A TRUISM that increased levels of employee involvement will strengthen employee commitment to change, and will increase the likelihood of achieving an organization’s goals (Kiesler, 1971.) Yet little literature seems to exist on true, grass-roots or bottom-up models of organization change. Studies do abound on many related areas, including employee involvement, participatory management, and workplace democracy. Employee involvement systems typically refer to involving most or all employees in work-related decisions (Marrow, Bowers, 1967), participatory management is a management style that relies heavily on employee input (Marrow, Bowers, ...

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