A Synthesized Theoretical Framework for Motors Driving Organizational Configurational Change

  • Sorin Adam Matei
  • Brian C. Britt
Part of the Lecture Notes in Social Networks book series (LNSN)


Now that we have a framework for understanding organizational configurations and the manner in which they change over time, we need to unite this with the forces that drive those configurational changes. To that end, this chapter introduces the concept of organizational change motors, as articulated by Van de Ven and Poole (1995), and then serves to synthesize the two historically distinct domains of organizational configurations and organizational change motors into a unified theoretical framework, using the basic constructs of evolution and revolution as a conduit for this theoretical integration. This new synthesized framework offers a fundamentally enhanced approach to examine the long-term transformation of organizations and to understand the motors that form and reconstitute organizational configurations throughout their development.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sorin Adam Matei
    • 1
  • Brian C. Britt
    • 2
  1. 1.Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.South Dakota State UniversityBrookingsUSA

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