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Organizational choice and organizational change

Citation
Burnes B (1997) Organizational choice and organizational change. Management Decision, 35 (10), pp. 753-759. https://doi.org/10.1108/00251749710192075

Abstract
Follows on from and develops the arguments presented in an earlier Management Decision article ‐ "No such thing as ... a ‘one best way' to manage organizational change" (Burnes, 1996a). Begins by examining Burnes' (1996b) Choice Management ‐ Change Management model which, in particular, draws attention to the influence on the choices an organization makes of the context in which it operates. Then moves on to discuss Miles and Snow′s (1978) classification of organizations into four strategic types. From this, argues that the choices an organization makes, regarding what to change and how to change it, will be significantly influenced by its strategic type. Concludes by maintaining that, on the one hand, organizations can create a virtuous circle whereby they can influence or control the circumstances in which they operate through the changes they make and how they make them. However, on the other hand, organizations can find themselves in a vicious spiral of decline and stagnation through an inability to control their own destiny and inconsistent and unsuccessful approaches to change.

Keywords
Classification; Control; Organization types; Organizations; Strategy

Journal
Management Decision: Volume 35, Issue 10

StatusPublished
Author(s)Burnes, Bernard
Publication date31/12/1997
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/21369
PublisherEmerald
ISSN0025-1747
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