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Organizational Discontinuity: Integrating Evolutionary and Revolutionary Change Theories

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  • Juergen Deeg

    () (University of Hagen, Germany, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Chair of Business Administration, Leadership and Organization, Profilstr. 8, 58084 Hagen, Germany)

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Facing an age of tremendous change and transformation, the ability to cope with such radically, i.e. discontinuous changing contexts is not only a major challenge in present organizational practices, but also a “true test” for organization science. Thus, the paper pursues a critical study of the organizational change discourse and provides an integrated view of organizational discontinuity by linking evolutionary and revolutionary theories of in a model of “constructive destruction”. Furthermore a “re-evolutionary” perspective is presented, conceptualizing the delicate interaction between evolutionary (structural) and revolutionary (political) processes. Finally some implications for theory and research on organizational change are also provided.

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  • Juergen Deeg, 2009. "Organizational Discontinuity: Integrating Evolutionary and Revolutionary Change Theories," management revue. Socio-economic Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 20(2), pages 190-208.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:mamere:1861-9908_mrev_2009_2_deeg
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    Keywords

    evolutionary change; discontinuity; organization theory; revolutionary change;

    JEL classification:

    • L20 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - General
    • L21 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Business Objectives of the Firm
    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General
    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation

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