BPR versus outsourcing -Critical perspectives
Faculty of Business and Public Management
School of Business
This article presents a case example involving the renaming of an organizational change process from "BPR" to "outsourcing". The paper discusses the important ramifications of such a name change in that the recognition of outsourcing allowed an organizational commitment to counselling and termination advice. The paper discusses two different ways of looking at the name change, one from a critical theory perspective and one from a realist perspective. It demonstrates how theory can provide useful yet markedly different interpretations of such organizational events. Critical theory operates from within what can be termed the transitive epistemological dimension whereas critical realism tends to emphasize the importance of ontological issues. Each has important things to say about the situation and improves our understanding overall.