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Punctuated equilibrium theory – IS Theory

Within the field gersjck organizational behavior, Lichtenstein argued that that self-organization theory could be a more acceptable framework with greater explanatory power. The introduction of a disruptive, or competence destroying, IT innovation Tushman and Anderson, ; Lyytinnen and Rose, can be considered a punctuation that interrupts the existing stasis, destroying the existing deep structure. Views Read View source View history.


Punctuated equilibrium was developed as an alternative 19911 phyletic gradualism, which stresses consistent, cumulative changes to species. 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. Navigation Main page Recent changes Random page Help.

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Punctuated equilibrium theory

Denford Please feel free to make modifications to this site. Retrieved from ” https: 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.

One of the key punctuations noted in the research is major environmental change caused by technological innovation 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, Namespaces IS Theory Discussion.


The central proposition of punctuated equilibrium embodies three concepts: This page was last modified on 3 Decemberat Gerssick 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.

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