Combining Analytic Approaches with Street Wisdom

Edited by: Gabriele Bammer orcid

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Change happens all the time, so why is driving particular change generally so hard? Why are the outcomes often unpredictable? Are some types of change easier to achieve than others? Are some techniques for achieving change more effective than others? How can change that is already in train be stopped or deflected?

Knowledge about change is fragmented and there is nowhere in the academic or practice worlds that provides comprehensive answers to these and other questions. Every discipline and practice area has only a partial view and there is not even a map of those different perspectives. The purpose of this book is to begin the task of developing a comprehensive approach to change by gathering a variety of viewpoints from the academic and practice worlds.


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Jul 2015
ANU Press
Science: Psychology; Social Sciences: Social Policy & Administration, Sociology

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Part 1 Introduction

  1. An Approach to Understanding Change (PDF, 132KB) – Gabriele Bammer doi

Part 2 Perspectives

  1. A Politician’s View of Change (PDF, 106KB) – Kate Carnell doi
  2. Responding to Global Environmental Change (PDF, 320KB) – Mark Stafford Smith doi
  3. Teleology, Cyclicality and Episodism: Three competing views of change in international relations (PDF, 108KB) – Michael Wesley doi
  4. Change is Central to Sociology (PDF, 165KB) – Craig Browne doi
  5. Advertising and Change: Message, mind, medium, and mores (PDF, 105KB) – Dee Madigan doi
  6. Media Advocacy for Public Health (PDF, 151KB) – Simon Chapman doi
  7. Is the Intelligence Community Changing Appropriately to Meet the Challenges of the New Security Environment? (PDF, 157KB) – Grant Wardlaw doi
  8. Evolutionary Change: Nothing stands still in biology (PDF, 333KB) – Lindell Bromham doi
  9. Demographic Change: How, why and consequences (PDF, 102KB) – Peter McDonald doi
  10. Conceptual Change and Conceptual Diversity Contribute to Progress in Science (PDF, 130KB) – Paul Griffiths doi
  11. Mental Illness and Psychiatry Have Seen Substantial Change—But There is Still a Long Way To Go (PDF, 137KB) – Beverley Raphael doi
  12. Education Reform: Learning from past experience and overseas successes (PDF, 115KB) – Robyn M Gillies doi
  13. Ten Lessons from Changing Policing Organisations (PDF, 117KB) – Christine Nixon doi
  14. Change Management in Materials Conservation (PDF, 129KB) – Ian D MacLeod doi
  15. Change and Continuity in Anthropology: Examples from Christianity and from the situations of contemporary Indigenous Australians (PDF, 145KB) – Francesca Merlan doi
  16. Learning about Change Through Industrial Open Innovation in the Fast‑Moving Consumer Goods Sector (PDF, 114KB) – Sarah Pearson doi
  17. Increasing Interest in the Economic Determinants of Structural, Technological and Climate Change (PDF, 119KB) – Jim Butler doi
  18. Visual Fine Art: Documenting change, influencing change, and subjected to change (PDF, 1.2MB) – John Reid doi

Part 3 Synthesis

  1. Improving Research Impact by Better Understanding Change: A case study of multidisciplinary synthesis (PDF, 348KB) – Gabriele Bammer doi

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