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The Temporal Sensitivity of Enforced Accelerated Work Pace: A grounded theory building approach

Author(s): Graham John James Kenealy, BA (Hons), Ph.D. Candidate | Susan Cartwright, Ph.D., MSc., BA, CPsychol

Journal: Grounded Theory Review : an International Journal
ISSN 1556-1542

Volume: 6;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Organisational Change | Organisational Behaviour | Accelerated Work Pace | Change Fatigue

This research explores how a large national UK government organisation copes with radical structural change over time and provides an insight into the temporal effects of ‘Enforced Accelerated Work Pace’ on behaviour and receptivity within an organisational context. The stages of ‘Acceptance’, ‘Reaction’ and‘Withdrawal’ capture the essence of the ‘Coping Reflex Actions relating to Enforced Accelerated Work Pace’, all sensitive to the effects of time. ‘Temporal Sensitivity’; the duration of the changes to work patterns played a large part in the behavioural responses. The underlying logic of this research is grounded theory building, a general method that works well with qualitative data collection approaches and involves inducting insights from field based, case data (Glaser, 1998). A methodology discovered and developed by Glaser and Strauss (1967), negating all others.
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