Understanding top management and organizational change through demographic and processual analysis

Ed Clark, Anna Soulsby

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Top management theory has been strongly influenced by demographic studies of top management teams (TMTs), but not by research into organizational adaptation to conditions of extreme institutional turbulence. This article analyzes the transformation of a post-socialist enterprise through a combination of demographic and processual methods to develop an enriched account of the micro-processes through which top management constructed organizational change. Adding layers of narrative data and processual explanation directly addresses the well rehearsed problems in demographic TMT studies. From the findings, we propose a set of theoretical arguments that conceptualizes top management in terms of management regimes, to which TMTs are politically tied and through which they seek to realize their values and strategies in organizational outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)932-954
Number of pages33
JournalJournal of Management Studies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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