Paradox Management

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Paradox Management
Isabella Freitas Gouveia de Vasconcelos, Professor, Brazil, Member
As pointed by Eisenhardt, Paradox is the simultaneous existence in the organization of two inconsistent states, such as “empowerment and conformance”: “old and new”. (2000:703) Brabet points out the emergence of a HRM Paradox Model, based on the concepts as organizational complexity, duality and paradox management, exploring the tension in a creative way.It is based on the idea that change is not a smooth, linear and planned journey. (Brabet, 1993). Lewis points out important characteristics of the paradox as a research framework:
“A Paradox may denote a wide variety of contradictory yet interwoven elements: perspectives, feelings, messages, demands, identities, interests or practices. Paradoxes are constructed – as actors attempt to make sense of an increasingly intricate, ambiguous and ever-changing world, they simplify the reality into polarized either/or distinction. Paradoxes become apparent through self our social reflection or interaction.”(2000:762)....Sign up

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