Accounting for organizational history is essential to any chance process. We argue, however, that the intentional revision of history also can be important. We treat history as malleable, because events and actions from the past are susceptible to reinterpretation as organizations try to align with the way they see themselves in the present and want to see themselves in the future. Because change is a prospective, future-oriented process, whereas sensemaking is a retrospective, past-oriented process, making sense of the future requires an ability to envision the future as having already occured, i.e. to think in the future perfect tense. We offer an initial conceptual exploration of organizational change from a revisonist history perspective that turns on future perfect thinking, a view that enlarges our conceptualization of the ways in which history affects organizational adaptation and change.
Revising the past (while thinking in the future perfect tense) / D. A., Gioia; K. G., Corley; Fabbri, Tommaso. - In: JOURNAL OF ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE MANAGEMENT. - ISSN 0953-4814. - STAMPA. - 15:6(2002), pp. 622-634. [10.1108/09534810210449532]