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The challenge of transformation: Breaking the barriers

W. P. Esterhuyse
South African Journal of Business Management | Vol 34, No 3 | a682 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajbm.v34i3.682 | © 2018 W. P. Esterhuyse | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 October 2018 | Published: 30 September 2003

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W. P. Esterhuyse, Graduate School of Business, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Abstract

One of the most commonly used concepts in post-apartheid South Africa is undoubtedly the concept ‘transformation’. In order to strip this concept of its ‘bewitchments’ (Nietzsche; Wittgenstein) a conceptual analysis is made of the meaning and usage of the term. In view of the distinction between first order change and second order change, the need for transformation (ethical and strategic), the resistance against transformation (systemic and individual) and the execution and management of transformation is discussed.

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