Faculty Publications

Title

Organizational adaptation from a rules theory perspective

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Western Journal of Speech Communication

Volume

49

Issue

4

First Page

322

Last Page

340

Abstract

This paper develops the argument that the nature of an organization’s rules power­fully constrains the manner in which it adapts to its environment. The overall process of organizational adaptation is discussed as a backdrop for applying the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) perspective to an analysis of how organizations enact and respond to their environments. A model is presented. Implications of CMM for three basic types of systems —closed, open, and turbulent —are addressed within the context of a hypothetical planning episode. © 1985 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1985

DOI of published version

10.1080/10570318509374205

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