1: Transorganization Theory and Assumptions
TD THEORY & ASSUMPTIONS
- Ó David
M. Boje September, 1999
To define shared fate in the natural world share stories:
responses to external sanctions, including the history of the problem and
their context --- This creates collective definitions and shared values.
Organizing contexts are fluid, open and dynamic as new
problems become more salient and old issues recede. Then TD happens in
Emery & Trist's work tells us: When many systems
operating, their interdependencies constitute a richly interactive field
of causation -- change in one system sets off effects in other systems
that set off more effects, etc.
Place is important. In TD2 but no longer
so in TD1
TD Change PROCESSES (both TD1
and TD2 Networks)
The power structure of a network can be modified by
changing "strategic couplings" and there are relationships which if removed
or instituted can change the balance of power in a TD system.
(Boje & Wolfe, 1986: 744).
Press to return to TD
tables or to TD Game
Board or dfor
a TD narrative.
1. Network participants collectively define and negotiate
the issues around which a TD action is organized. Some do environmental
scanning, others future search.
2. Domains or divisions of labor are created as stakeholders
identify their special interests in these issues. Natural tendency is to
create bureaucratic hierarchy.
3. Resource exchanges link participants together in
interdependent relations. The collective interests define the relationships
and the ongoing relationships reflect those issues.
4. Both TD1 and TD2 processes interpenetrate the same
systems. This is not a choice or some kind of transformative function (See
Boje & Dennehy, 1999, Chap 2 for more on Mary Parker Follett's work
on "interpenetration" as a way around duality. I do not mean TD1/TD2 as