Explaining Development and Change in Organisations

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  • Poole M
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"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 dif- ferent sequences of change events that are driven by different con- ceptual 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."

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  • Andrew H Van De Ven

  • Marshall Scott Poole

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