TITLE

ORGANIZATIONAL ADAPTATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL SELECTION--INTERRELATED PROCESSES OF CHANGE

AUTHOR(S)
Levinthal, Daniel A.
PUB. DATE
February 1991
SOURCE
Organization Science;Feb91, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p140
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents information on conflicting perspectives of organizational change. One line of research has emphasized organizational adaptation while researchers Michael T. Hannan and John Freeman have posed an alternative paradigm in which variation in organizational forms within a population is explained by differential rates of birth and death. W. Graham Astley and Andrew Van de Ven and W. Richard Scott have offered a reconciliation of these divergent perspectives, suggesting that they are in fact complementary. A discussion is presented about the virtues and differences between these views of organizational development. Both variation in the frequency with which change occurs and in the impact of change on the survival rates of organizations are examined.
ACCESSION #
4433805

 

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