Influence of Environmental Factors and Prior Changes on the Organizational Adoption of Changes in Products and in Technological and Administrative Processes

18 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2011

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J. Daniel Wischnevsky

Fairleigh-Dickinson University - Silberman College of Business

Fariborz Damanpour

Rutgers Business School, Newark

Francis A. Mendez

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: February 15, 2011

Abstract

This research studies how organizational adoption of three different types of change change in products, in technological processes and in administrative processes is influenced by environmental factors such as industry regulation and market concentration and by the prior adoption of different types of change. We tested our hypotheses in the service sector, examining a sample of bank holding companies in the USA for the period 1975-1995. We found that (1) environmental factors influence rates of change in products, in technological processes and in administrative processes differently; (2) changes in products are followed by changes in both technological and administrative processes; and (3) the three types of change exhibit momentum, as firms are more likely to implement changes similar to those they have recently undertaken. We discuss the implications of our findings for the theory and management of change in organizations.

Suggested Citation

Wischnevsky, J. Daniel and Damanpour, Fariborz and Mendez, Francis A., Influence of Environmental Factors and Prior Changes on the Organizational Adoption of Changes in Products and in Technological and Administrative Processes (February 15, 2011). British Journal of Management, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 132-149, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1762405 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8551.2010.00700.x

J. Daniel Wischnevsky (Contact Author)

Fairleigh-Dickinson University - Silberman College of Business ( email )

Madison, NJ 07940
United States

Fariborz Damanpour

Rutgers Business School, Newark ( email )

111 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
United States

Francis A. Mendez

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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