Kurt Lewin’s vision of organizational and social change

The interdependence of theory, research and action/practice

Authored by: David Bargal

The Routledge Companion to Organizational Change

Print publication date:  October  2011
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415556453
eBook ISBN: 9780203810279
Adobe ISBN: 9781136680908


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This chapter will present systematic arguments and documentation that highlight Lewin’s involvement in theory formulation and research in the domains of social and organizational change. As a result of Lewin’s involvement, planned organizational and social change became an important issue in social and behavioral sciences. The evidence presented here is an intriguing example of a dialectical thought process, which resulted in the construction of action research as a research paradigm, a methodology, and a means of interventions aimed at improvement of social systems.

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