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International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Online from: 1993

Subject Area: Organization Studies

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INCREMENTAL AND REVOLUTIONARY STRATEGIC CHANGE: AN EMPIRICAL TEST OF COMMON PREMISES


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Title:INCREMENTAL AND REVOLUTIONARY STRATEGIC CHANGE: AN EMPIRICAL TEST OF COMMON PREMISES
Author(s):Charles J. Fornaciari, (Florida State University), Bruce T. Lamont, (Florida State University), Ben Mason, (Florida State University), James J. Hoffman, (Florida State University)
Citation:Charles J. Fornaciari, Bruce T. Lamont, Ben Mason, James J. Hoffman, (1993) "INCREMENTAL AND REVOLUTIONARY STRATEGIC CHANGE: AN EMPIRICAL TEST OF COMMON PREMISES", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 1 Iss: 3, pp.273 - 290
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/eb028792 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Two views of organizational change dominate the management literature. The incremental view holds that organizations experience large-scale strategic changes quite slowly while the revolutionary view proposes that organizations experience long periods of relatively little strategic variation punctuated by short, intense periods of major change. Commonalties among the two change theories provide the basis for a study of 101 businesses over a six year period. The research examines two theoretical implications: change is bimodally and discretely distributed and skewed toward incremental strategic change, and firms undergoing revolutionary strategic change will be more likely to experience simultaneous changes on multiple organizational dimensions than firms undergoing incremental strategic change. Consistent with Proposition 1, it was found that change is skewed toward incremental, but also that change is unimodal and continuously distributed, contrary to Proposition 1. Contrary to Proposition 2, revolutionary change on multiple dimensions was found to be rare.


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