Organizational change involves patterns of engagement across organizational lines and thus carries important cultural implications for participants and groups within communities of organizations. This article proposes using allegory as an interpretive device in the study of organizational change. Allegory allows organizational research to appreciate the way “characters” introduce distinct qualities into the change experience. Based on an action research program with public organizations in the state of Delaware, the article reveals the promise of allegory both for explicating theory and informing reflexive practice.


Original Citation: Grubbs, Joseph W. "A Community of Voices: Using Allegory as an Interpretive Device in Action Research on Organizational Change." Organizational Research Methods 4, no. 4 (2001): 376-392.