THE CONTEXT AND PROCESS OF ORGANIZATIONAL TRANSFORMATION ‐ CADBURY LIMITED IN ITS SECTOR

THE CONTEXT AND PROCESS OF ORGANIZATIONAL TRANSFORMATION ‐ CADBURY LIMITED IN ITS SECTOR Work Organization Research Centre, Aston University INTRODUCTION Problems of industrial competitiveness have stimulated inquiry into the behaviour of firms within their sectors, namely the population of firms which provide similar goods and services. There is particular interest in the process whereby new or rejuvenated firms may emerge to compete more effectively within their sectors. The policy objective of achieving this industrial transformation now complements a long-standing academic interest in organizational change for the insight it affords into organizational dynamics and the relationship of organizations with their environments. The disciplines of industrial economics, organization studies and strategic management each contribute to the analysis of firms within sectors. While the potential synergy of their insights promises significant advances, the present contribution of these disciplines is as much to point u p limitations in the others and in so doing to expose issues which require further research. At this stage of development, a helpful mode of inquiry is the fine-grained case study. This can examine the processes whereby a firm has passed through major changes, locating historically salient structural forms and transitions between these in relation to the sector as a relevant context (6Pettigrew, 1985). Other types of investigation are unlikely http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Management Studies Wiley

THE CONTEXT AND PROCESS OF ORGANIZATIONAL TRANSFORMATION ‐ CADBURY LIMITED IN ITS SECTOR

Journal of Management Studies, Volume 24 (6) – Nov 1, 1987

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Wiley
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Copyright © 1987 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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0022-2380
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1467-6486
DOI
10.1111/j.1467-6486.1987.tb00464.x
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Abstract

Work Organization Research Centre, Aston University INTRODUCTION Problems of industrial competitiveness have stimulated inquiry into the behaviour of firms within their sectors, namely the population of firms which provide similar goods and services. There is particular interest in the process whereby new or rejuvenated firms may emerge to compete more effectively within their sectors. The policy objective of achieving this industrial transformation now complements a long-standing academic interest in organizational change for the insight it affords into organizational dynamics and the relationship of organizations with their environments. The disciplines of industrial economics, organization studies and strategic management each contribute to the analysis of firms within sectors. While the potential synergy of their insights promises significant advances, the present contribution of these disciplines is as much to point u p limitations in the others and in so doing to expose issues which require further research. At this stage of development, a helpful mode of inquiry is the fine-grained case study. This can examine the processes whereby a firm has passed through major changes, locating historically salient structural forms and transitions between these in relation to the sector as a relevant context (6Pettigrew, 1985). Other types of investigation are unlikely

Journal

Journal of Management StudiesWiley

Published: Nov 1, 1987

References

  • Quaker employers and industrial relations
    Child, Child
  • Management in context: an essay on the relevance of culture to the understanding of organizational change
    Feldman, Feldman

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