Social movements and organizational change

Gerald F. Davis, Eun Woo Kim

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Organizations are increasingly subject to political demands from outside actors and their own members. Informa‐ tion and communication technologies (ICTs) are enabling a flourishing of grassroots social innovations and de‐ mands for justice that challenge traditional top-down theories of change. Over the past twenty years, scholars have found that social movement theory provides a useful approach to understanding movements within organizations, movements that target organizations, and movements that create organizations and industries. We review this re‐ cent work and propose an account that can help guide future research on the increasingly prevalent tide of politic‐ allyoriented movements within organizations. We conclude that this is an especially promising domain for future research aimed at informing practice
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford handbook of organizational change and innovation
EditorsMarshall Scott Poole , Andrew H. Van de Ven
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9780198845973
Publication statusPublished - May 2021


  • social movements
  • organizational change
  • employee activism


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