Organizational change is triggered and accompanied by reflexive practices that take stock of past, present and possible futures. Such triggers for change may be calls for accountability, ethical conduct, corporate social responsibility or sustainability. Such change processes may involve middle managers 'selling' their issues to transform business practices (Howard-Grenville, 2007). Also a crisis can act as a trigger that calls for new modes of learning and practising (Antonacopoulou & Sheaffer, 2014). Change can also result from a critical reflection on intended top-down changes, which prompt people to pursue an alternative vision for change (Courpasson et al., 2012).
Drawing on a practice perspective of management scholarship, we aim to explore how practitioners engage in questioning their own practices, reflecting on their role as professionals and making proposals for change. Reflexivity acts as a cornerstone in ethical decision making guided by practical judgement (phronesis) (Antonacopoulou, 2010). Researching such practical judgements demands that we become engaged scholars who understand the challenges of participating in interventions (van de Ven, 2007).
It also prompts us to be reflective about our approaches so that we do not become complicit in a mere description of the challenges of such change. It is precisely our ability to foster reflexive critique as research partners that marks our most valuable contribution. We aim to explicate what reflexive practice entails and how it forms a critical foundation for change. This focus on reflexive practice provides a fresh lens to appreciate the ways in which changing/becoming takes place (Tsoukas & Chia, 2002; Pässilä et al., 2013).
This sub-theme seeks to understand how such moments of reflexivity come about and how they can be researched and supported through modes of engaged scholar-ship. We invite conceptual and empirical contributions as well as methodological reflections based on ongoing studies or past empirical work, be it intervention studies or non-participant observations of change processes.
Possible questions are: