Understandings of transformation

Just what is this thing called transformation? I’ve been looking at a new paper and recent book that both seek patterns of understanding.

One approach in the paper, “Social science understandings of transformation,” by Katrina Brown, Saffron O’Neill, and Christo Fabricius — part of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) “World Social Science Report 2013” — surveys definitions of transformation across social science domains. Adapted here:

understandings of transformation

One approach in the 2010 book, Organizational Transformation for Sustainability: An Integral Metatheory, by Mark Edwards — which Bill Torbert, in his foreword, calls a once-in-a-generation “field-defining scholarly statement” — describes a review of paradigms in the organizational transformation literature, with conceptual lenses related to each. Adapted here:

paradigms of transformation

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