Social change and development problems in special organizational theories

Social change and development problems in special organizational theories

Shcherbina V.V.

Dr. Sci. (Soc.), Prof., Head of Department of Sociology of Organizations and Social Technologies, Russian State University for the Humanities, Chief Researcher, Center for Sociology of Management and Social Technologies, Institute of Sociology of the Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Popova Е.P.

Cand. Sci. (Soc.), Assoc. Prof., National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, Moscow, Russia

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Shcherbina V.V., Popova Е.P. Social change and development problems in special organizational theories. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2017. No 10. P. 77-86


The article outlines problems arising in the process of social transformations in social entities and fixed both in general sociological theories and in the sociology of the organization. The problem of compatibility of social organization and social changes is emphasized. The organizational development (OD) as a special type of social change is described in detail. Following aspects are considered: a) differences in views on the sources of social change; b) difficulties associated with understanding the processes of organizational development; c) fundamental differences in the significance and interpretation of these problems in different theoretical models of organizational development.

social changes; organizational development; criteria of organizational development; organization survival; organization effectiveness; mechanisms and logic of changes


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