Purpose – The purpose of this article is to provide executives and other organizational leaders with a six‐stage organizational life cycle and its components at each stage. Design/methodology/approach – This article uses the case study method to show the impact of the organizational life cycle on the founder of a nonprofit organization who over time lost the drive and desire to remain competitive. Findings – Founders and organizational leaders who fail to understand the consequences of not remaining vigilant will cause their organizations to suffer the consequences. Practical implications – Leaders will learn about the issues associated with an organization's life cycle, and will be shown strategies that can be implemented in order to deal with these issues. Originality/value – This article informs leaders about the importance of learning the steps in the organizational life cycle to help them avoid failure.
Development and Learning in Organizations – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 4, 2008
Keywords: Senior management; Non‐profit organizations
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