Why Change a Good Thing? The Liability of Inertia

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Conference Paper

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Institutional and ecological theories of organizations are consistently being seen as complementary rather than opposing perspectives. Both theories support the viewpoint that change is often detrimental to organizations. However, within institutional theory a lack of change can also be seen as a liability. To the extent that organizations do not change when their stakeholders change, they may face a ôliability of inertiaö.


Organizational Behavior and Theory

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Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources


Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Conference, Regina, April 2010