Professor of Strategy
Organization Design; Emergence; Updating; Design Solutions; Design Principles; Imprinting; Microstructures; Qualitative Research; Entrepreneurship;
How organization designs evolve between adaptation to changing conditions and the pressures toward persistence of the designs adopted at founding remains an understudied phenomenon.To fill this lacuna, the authors conducted a longitudinal, multicase study of eight young ventures. The authors find that, in these ventures, specific organization design solutions changed frequently, triggered by various internal and external developments, although the changes were typically incremental and myopic.However, the more abstract principles of design, captured in the founders’ logics of organizing, were less amenable to change. This explains why observations of imprinting effects in logics of organizing may be consistent with observations of dynamic change to organization designs.