This paper illustrates how organizations change their architecture in response to environmental feedback, measured in relation to performance gaps. Based on a study of 762 organizations, we explore the modus operandi underpinning architectural change and argue that the interplay between social and historical aspiration levels: (i) constitutes a benchmark against which organizations measure current performance; and (ii) defines the scope of architectural change. While a small performance gap leads organizations to implement minor architectural changes (adaptation strategy), a large performance gap requires major change (reorientation strategy).

Changes in Organizational Architecture: Aspiration Levels, Performance Gaps and Organizational Change

Ceci, Federica
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Masciarelli, Francesca;
2016

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This paper illustrates how organizations change their architecture in response to environmental feedback, measured in relation to performance gaps. Based on a study of 762 organizations, we explore the modus operandi underpinning architectural change and argue that the interplay between social and historical aspiration levels: (i) constitutes a benchmark against which organizations measure current performance; and (ii) defines the scope of architectural change. While a small performance gap leads organizations to implement minor architectural changes (adaptation strategy), a large performance gap requires major change (reorientation strategy).
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