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Networks for change: How networks influence organizational change

  • Manuel Portugal Ferreira


    (Instituto Politécnico de Leiria)

This paper contributes to the literature on organizational change by examining organizations as social entities embedded in inter-organizational networks. In contrast to extant research that focuses on macro environment and internal factors to explain organizational change we put forth the social network surrounding the firm as a major driver of any change process. In specific we examine organization change as driven by the organizations? positions and relations in an interorganizational network. Our conceptual framework demonstrates that inter-organizational networks are important mid-level environmental factors that complement the macro-environment and internal organizational factors for the study of organizational changes. We conclude with a discussion on normative implications for organizations and avenues for future research.

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Paper provided by globADVANTAGE, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria in its series Working Papers with number 21.

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Date of creation: 09 Jun 2008
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Handle: RePEc:pil:wpaper:21
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  1. Kilduff, Martin, 1990. "The interpersonal structure of decision making: A social comparison approach to organizational choice," Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Elsevier, vol. 47(2), pages 270-288, December.
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