Organizational Life Cycle: A Five Stage Empirical Scale

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Dr. John Parnell, Belk Chair of Management (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Abstract: Adapting a concept from the biological sciences, organizational researchers have proposed a life cycle of organizational development from birth to death. Several distinct models have been postulated, ranging from three to ten stages. This paper proposes a five-stage model and tests it empirically to assess the specific stage of the life cycle of any organization. Results of a twenty-item scale that captures managers' perceptions of their firms' position in the life cycle are discussed. Knowledge of an organization's present position or stage of development can aid top managers in understanding the relationships between organizational life cycle, competitive strategy, and performance.

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International Journal of Organizational Analysis Vol. 11, No. 4
Language: English
Date: 2003
Five-Stage model, organization, competitive strategy, life cycle, twenty-item scale

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