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Organizational Adaption
Are managers really steering their organizations by making strategic choices, or are the environmental influences so strong that organizations basically have to change as indicated by the environmental contraints?
Which of the two is strongest: Management or Environment?

Organizational Adaptation
This is debatable, but in fact strategic management is stronger than environmental forces. Turbulent environments explain a lot of business failure, but it is really the CEO's inability to lead in the process of adaptation to those changes (e.g., Eastern Airlines) that causes the failure. Many strategic decisions are forced by the environment, but if a company can steer clear of Reactor conditions, in fact management has more control over the course that the business takes than the environment. Miles and Snow's typology can thus be viewed in part as a way to determine how best to control the trajectory of the enterprise.

Organizational Adaptation
Ali Mowlana
Answer for Mike: Environment is the strongest (it's the sea). The Manager is the captain of the ship. He can make better choices if he knows the environment(sea).
Knowing the environment is the key to making good choices.



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