Can Organizational Change Lead to Extinction?

Organization and Change

David Wilson
Manager, Canada

Can Organizational Change Lead to Extinction?

Is change better if it is revolutionary (i.e. fast and experimental) or evolutionary (slow and steady)? Will change ever result in an "extinction event" for an organization because it was either too revolutionary or too evolutionary?

  Bomo Albert-Oguara, Nigeria

Change Need not Be an Extinction Event

The only thing that leads to organizational extinction is when organizations due to management inertia fail to spot changes or react slowly to changes in the market place in a strategic manner.
Incremental changes in themselves require routine decision activities in the organization. Doing this means changes in customer relations, accounting(account receivable, credit policies etc), sales, Human Resource Management processes, responding to changing customer demands.
Revolutionary changes are fundamental in nature. They are game-changers. They either make or break the organization. Change is either exogenous or endogenous, whichever way, the firm must respond. Managing these forces in a balance is what makes the organization an astute one to be admired as competitive.

  Kathryn Dodds, United States

Evolution or Revolution? It Depends.

Evolutionary or revolutionary change? I have seen both be successful and both be unsuccessful. It depends on the other organizational factors and competing initiatives that will affect those who will ...

  Stuart Bell
Business Consultant, Australia

Evolution or Revolution

Like Kathryn I have seen both with success and failure. Interestingly many times the perspective that is promoted is the opposite of the leadership actions in executing! In my view extinction arises ...

  Bjoern Strecker, Germany

Evolution or Revolution

Due to constant development of dynamic business processes, change managers are obliged to react on changes in the company´s business status. Recognizing strategic disadvantages in comparison to compe...


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Levels of Organisation Diagnostic Models
Change: A Challenge and a Necessity
Loops and Mutual Causality in Organizational Change
Change: The Only Constant for Managers and Leaders
👀Can Organizational Change Lead to Extinction?
People Need Some Constancy (Besides Change)
Why do Organizations Change?
Relevance of Change Management Theories?
Change is a Natural Process
What is an Organization?
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Evolution Theory in Organisations?
The Role of Conflicts in an Organisation
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Normative Re-Educative Strategies?
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Searching for the General Theory of the Firm
Best Practices
Key Issues of Change Management (at the Executive Level)
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Change Management: Theory versus Practice
The Core of Organizational Change is in the Emotional Relations and Social Ties
Change Management Factors in Technology Transformation

Organization and Change

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