Revolutionary Change Theories: A Multilevel Exploration of the Punctuated Equ Academy of Management. The Academy of Management Review; Jan ;. Gersick, C. J. (). Revolutionary change theories: A multilevel exploration of the punctuated equilibrium paradigm. The Academy of Management Review. Connie J. G. Gersick Published Online:1 Jan About Google Scholar; Gersick C. J. G., Hackman J. R.

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Punctuated equilibrium theory – IS Theory

Punctuated equilibrium was developed as an alternative to phyletic gradualism, which stresses consistent, cumulative changes to species. This page was last modified on 3 Decemberat An Alternative to Phyletic Gradualism, in T.


Gersicj introduction of a disruptive, or competence destroying, IT innovation Tushman and Anderson, ; Lyytinnen and Rose, can be considered a punctuation that gersock the existing stasis, destroying the existing deep structure.

Within the context of organizational behavior, the punctuated equilibrium model consists of deep structures, equilibrium periods and revolutionary periods. While its use in IS research has increased recently, punctuated equilibrium is not a unanimously accepted theoretic framework.

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Retrieved from ” https: In order to geesick so, you must register. Within the field of organizational behavior, Lichtenstein argued that that self-organization theory could be a more acceptable framework with greater explanatory power. One of the key punctuations noted in the research is major environmental change caused by technological 9191 Romanelli and Tushman, where a technological discontinuity triggers a period of instability, which is closed by the emergence of a dominant design or business paradigm Anderson and Tushman, It should be noted that revolutionary outcomes, based on interactions of system’s historical resources with current events, are not predictable and they may or may not leave a system better off Gersick A Critique and Alternative to Punctuated Equilibrium.


Namespaces IS Theory Discussion. Stasis refers to a long period of relatively unchanged form; punctuation is radical change over a short duration; and dominant relative frequency is the rate these events occur in a particular situation. The central proposition of punctuated equilibrium embodies three concepts: