Organizational Death... A Taboo?
Another approach is to take a broader and cyclic view and see an organization as a human or organism going through a full Organizational Life Cycle
. Organizational Life Cycles typically describe the following 6 phases or stages: 1. Birth (introduction, founding) 2. Growth 3. Maturity (formalization) 4. Renewal (revitalization) 5. Decline 6. Death.
A problem with all models is the death stage, which seems hard to define for organizations (unlike biological death).
Interestingly, by focusing on the growth stages only, Greiner entirely leaves out the Birth AND the Decline AND the Death stages (1, 5 and 6).
Organizational death is not a very popular concept...