Complexity and Selection: Implications for Organizational Change

Sigrid S. Glenn, Maria E. Malott


In this paper, we argue that numerous dynamic entities make up organizations and that their
complexity can be described systematically. We identify three types of organizational complexity:
environmental, component and hierarchical. We define the elements of the contingencies of cultural selection
as they apply to organizations and propose that organizational change can be understood in terms of selection
processes that are analogous to those of behavioral and natural selection.

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