TITLE

TOWARD A THEORY OF PARADOX: A DYNAMIC EQUILIBRIUM MODEL OF ORGANIZING

AUTHOR(S)
Smith, Wendy K.; Lewis, Marianne W.
PUB. DATE
April 2011
SOURCE
Academy of Management Review;Apr2011, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p381
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
As organizational environments become more global, dynamic, and competitive, contradictory demands intensify. To understand and explain such tensions, academics and practitioners are increasingly adopting a paradox lens. We review the paradox literature, categorizing types and highlighting fundamental debates. We then present a dynamic equilibrium model of organizing, which depicts how cyclical responses to paradoxical tensions enable sustainability--peak performance in the present that enables success in the future. This review and the model provide the foundation of a theory of paradox.
ACCESSION #
59330958

 

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