Organizational change in small and medium enterprises (SMEs)

Wiesner, Retha and Banham, Heather C. and Poole, Nicci (2004) Organizational change in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). In: CCSBE 2004: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development: Innovation, Opportunity and Capacity, 12-13 Nov 2004, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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Abstract

This study fills some of the gaps in existing studies on organisational change in SMEs by reporting the introduction of a wide range of organisational change practices and strategic changes in Australian SMEs (N=1435). It further examines the triggers for organisational change in Australian SMEs and the impact of certain demographic factors upon organisational change practices and strategic changes. Owing to the dearth of national data on organisational change in SMEs, the results of this study are used to determine whether Australian SMEs could be characterised as “stagnating” or “transforming”. The results reveal a moderate adoption of organisational change practices and strategic changes. The findings by themselves do not support a “stagnating” scenario; however the lack of negotiated agreement in the introduction of strategic changes is not supportive of a “transforming” scenario either.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Retha Wiesner
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Management and Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2010 08:03
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: organisational change; SMEs; Australia
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150314 Small Business Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7982

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