From snapshot to continuity : a dynamic model of organizational adaptation to environmental changes

Schmitt, Achim ( Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Klarner, Patricia ( Munich School of Management, University of Munich)

Organizational change research has frequently examined organizations’ short-term responses to external change. However, such a short-term, linear time perspective fails to explain how firms adapt to changes that manifest themselves repeatedly and over time, such as climate change. We therefore develop a dynamic model of organizational entrainment to environmental changes that emphasizes the importance of a cyclical time perspective for firms’ long-term adaptation. This paper responds to prior calls to adopt a time lens perspective to better understand organizational adaptation patterns. We provide an integrative framework on organi- zational entrainment and absorptive capacity that allows researchers to delineate ‘‘when’’ and ‘‘how fast’’ organizations adapt to external changes depending on their time perspective.


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Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Economie et Services
School:
EHL
Subject(s):
Economie/gestion
Date:
2015
Published in:
Scandinavian journal of management
Numeration (vol. no.):
March 2015, vol.31. no. 1, pp. 3-13
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ISSN: 0956-5221
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