Organizational Death... A Taboo?


 
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Organizational Death... A Taboo?
Germaine
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...
 

 
Not sure
JC
Not sure about any taboo ... anything with a beginning shall have an ending. As a natural phenomenon, there doesn't have to be any significant issue o...Sign up
 

 
Cycles
Jimk
Enron had a long tail on its last phase. The back side of the "bell curve" can be rather sharp. The S&L crisis pointed that out. Many times the compan...Sign up
 

 
Death Myth
Will Mason
I think Germaine needs to read Griener's original article, and the follow up article HBR.
The Greiner model is like human maturity. It is a quas...Sign up
 

 
Human Resources
Mamta Wasan
Very interesting model. Would be interesting to know what kind of leadership traits exist at each level. How can each stage's stengths be maximised an...Sign up
 

 
Org. Life Cycle (maturity Model) Vs. Greiner's
Melissa Breger, Program Manager, United States, Member
I always wondered about this... how Greiner's model doesn't have the 'decline' curve which is illustrated more distinctly on the product (industry) li...Sign up
 

 
Continuous Improvement
Adefope Adeyinka, Teacher, Nigeria, Member
Growth doesn't have to cease but it can indeed stagnate. Organizational concepts should include room for improvement, not necessarily expansion....Sign up
 

 
 


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