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How the Future Shaped the Past: The Case of the Cashless Society

  • Bernardo Bátiz-Lazo

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  • Thomas Haigh

    (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; The Haigh Group)

  • David L. Stearns

    (Seattle Pacific University)

This paper invites readers to look into how beliefs about future events help to better understand organizational change. Our argument is that the adoption of information technology and the adoption of new organizational forms around it have been driven by shifts in collective ideas of legitimate organizational development. As an example we focus on the establishment during the 1960s of a vision within US retail financial services, namely of the “cashless/checkless society”. The article tells of the power of this “imaginaire” to bring consensus in driving actual technological developments.

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Paper provided by Bangor Business School, Prifysgol Bangor University (Cymru / Wales) in its series Working Papers with number 11009.

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