Editorial Introduction: Organizational Transformations

6 Pages Posted: 19 May 2013

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Royston Greenwood

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

C. R. Hinings


Date Written: May 17, 1987


The general study of organizational change and the specific development of the concepts of transformation and transition has come about in a way which is typical of organization theory. On the one hand there were increasing theoretical and methodological criticisms of the 1970s 'state-of-the-art' knowledge with its essential basis in a static contingency theory. The introduction, inter alia, of theoretical concepts such as strategic choice, interpretive schemes, power, crisis and enactment gave a more dynamic feel to organizations. The continuing plea for longitudinal and historical research suggested not only that new insights were to be gained from such an approach, but that the nature of organizations demanded a proper time focus.

Suggested Citation

Greenwood, Royston and Hinings, C. R., Editorial Introduction: Organizational Transformations (May 17, 1987). University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper 2013-29, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2266581

Royston Greenwood (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6

C. R. Hinings


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