Fooling Around: The Corporate Jester as an Effective Change Agent for Technological Innovation

Tom McMaster, David Wastell, Helle Zinner Henriksen

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    Abstrakt

    In this reflective paper, we examine the roles and attributes of the change agent in the context of the organisational innovation adoption process. Various skills and qualities are required and expected of such a role, however wit and humor are not among those qualities typically emphasized in the subject literature. Yet these may be essential ingredients in the successful management of change. We examine the role of humour in the workplace in particular, as an empowerment tool on one hand, and as a display of subversion on the other. We note that the traditional role and attributes of the court jester exude those very qualities that might be missing in traditional descriptions of the change agent: deep insight, wit, and the ability to exert strong influence through humor. We consider the notion of the corporate jester and discuss whether such a role may hold any merit for the process of change management.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TitelBusiness Agility and Information Technology Diffusion : IFIP TC8 WG 8.6 International Working Conference May 8-11, 2005, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
    RedaktørerRichard L. Baskerville, Lars Mathiassen, Jan Pries-Heje, Janice I. DeGross
    UdgivelsesstedBoston
    ForlagSpringer
    Publikationsdato2005
    Sider129-144
    ISBN (Trykt)9780387255897
    ISBN (Elektronisk)9780387255903
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2005
    BegivenhedIFIP TC8 WG 8.6 International Working Conference - Atlanta, GA, USA
    Varighed: 8 maj 200511 maj 2005

    Konference

    KonferenceIFIP TC8 WG 8.6 International Working Conference
    LandUSA
    ByAtlanta, GA
    Periode08/05/200511/05/2005
    NavnIFIP International Federation for Information Processing
    Vol/bind180
    ISSN1571-5736

    Emneord

    • Forandringsledelse
    • Teknologisk innovation

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