Resistance to Change: Historical Excursus and Contemporary Interpretations
The concept of resistance to change made its appearance in the literature more than six decades ago. The paper analyses how the concept was introduced in the 1950s and how it was integrated in economic analysis by Kenneth E. Boulding. Secondly, we discuss the recent literature on the topic in order to identify the multifaceted meanings that the concept has taken on in three main areas of research: problem solving, organizational studies and institutional economics. Finally, we turn to methodological issues; the historical nature of change will be considered in order to clarify the relationship between resistance to change and path dependence.
Volume (Year): 23 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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