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Making sense of new technology during organisational change

Reynolds, Noelia-Sarah (2015) 'Making sense of new technology during organisational change.' New Technology, Work and Employment, 30 (2). pp. 145-157. ISSN 0268-1072

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This article examines how employees interpret the use of various social media and web 2.0 technologies by managers of an organisation during a merger process. The article explores the way in which managers use technology to give sense to the merger process, the corresponding sensemaking of employees and also how employees make sense of the use of technology itself. The findings show that new media enables the sharing of emotional sense about organisational processes between managers and employees and places employees with different levels of involvement with the process and at different points in the organisational hierarchy on equal footing. In spite of this, employees view the use of technology negatively and feel mastered by the technology itself. In discussing these unintended consequences of the use of this technology, the article further discusses the paradoxes that emerge from using new technology to give sense during organisational change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: new technology; social media; organisational change; mergers and acquisitions; sensemaking; sensegiving
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2015 19:07
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:46

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