Explaining Development and Change in Organizations

This article introduces four basic theories that may serve as building blocks for explaining processes of change in organizations: life cycle, teleology, dialectics, and evolution

Andrew H. Van De Ven

2011

Scholarcy highlights

  • This article introduces four basic theories that may serve as building blocks for explaining processes of change in organizations: life cycle, teleology, dialectics, and evolution
  • These four theories represent different sequences of change events that are driven by different conceptual motors and operate at different organizational levels
  • This article identifies the circumstances when each theory applies and proposes how interplay among the theories produces a wide variety of more complex theories of change and development in organizational life
  • Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of California School of Business, Berkeley.Google Scholar

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