Structural Inertia and Organizational Change
Publication Year: 1984
Journal: American Sociological Review
Theory and research on organization-environment relations from a population ecology perspective have been based on the assumption that inertial pressures on structure are strong. Thispaper attempts to clarify the meaning of structural inertia and to derive propositions about structural inertia from an explicit evolutionary model. Theproposed theory treats high levels of structural inertia as a consequence of a selection process rather than as a precondition for selection. It also considers how the strength of inertial forces varies with age, size, and complexity.