Organizational Change in Growing Enterprises

McNulty, James E.
June 1962
Administrative Science Quarterly;Jun62, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
This is a report and discussion of an inquiry concerning change in thirty companies in southern California. The two special subjects of interest are the extent of administrative adaptations to growth in operations and the extent to which associated changes were explicitly introduced. The results indicate a high incidence of "paper" changes in administrative arrangements. Of greater interest is the suggestion that adaptation was not clearly better in the case of companies which explicitly introduced organization changes than it was for companies which did not. A number of implications of both theoretical and practical significance follow, among them the notion of relying in the future more on "built-in" mechanisms for organizational change rather than on ad hoc solutions.


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