ERIC Number: ED340069
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Communicating Change in Organizational Chaos.
Payne, Kay E.
A study examined the reactions of organizational members to ownership change. Participant observation during a 2-week stay in each of two national corporations, American Broadcasting Company (ABC) and Union Underwear, provided data in the study. Results showed different reactions to change illustrated through corporate differences in structure, human relations, the political arena, and corporate symbols. Results indicated that in the first organization (ABC), the stability of the structure created a minimum of chaos, while in the second organization, a complete restructuring of the corporation created paranoia, unpredictability and product changes. Since completion of this research, both organizations have maintained profitability. (Author/PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American Broadcasting Company; Union Underwear Corporation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991).