Continuous Change

What is continuous change in an organization? Continuous change is a form of planned change within an organization in which a change cycle is executed multiple times in rapid succession, as opposed to discontinuous or revolutionary change. This means that continuous change breaks a complex (planned) change process into smaller steps that are easier to…

Boundaryless Organization

What is a boundaryless organization in business? A boundaryless organization is an organization that actively removes boundaries to innovation, meaning it has less hierarchy and functional separation and is more integrated. This allows for a free flow of information, ideas, and innovations. A boundaryless organization has four dimensions. Reducing boundaries for each dimension is one…

Normative Commitment

What is normative commitment? Normative commitment is a sense of responsibility employees feel for their job or organization that holds them back from quitting. It is a perceived moral obligation to stick with something through thick and thin. People with high normative commitment: Believe they have a responsibility and obligation to stay in their job…

Intergroup Development

What is intergroup development?  Intergroup development is an organizational development intervention aimed at improving working relationships between groups. Improved working relationships mean knowing group members better, as well as what they do and how they work. This leads to a better understanding, higher quality communication and interactions, and better rapport with one another. Intergroup development…

Continuance Commitment

What is continuance commitment? Continuance commitment is a sense of loyalty to the organization because the employee perceives few alternatives or perceives the cost of leaving the organization as too high. An example may be an older employee who feels that they will struggle to find a job with similar pay and benefits when they…

Formalization

What is formalization in an organization? Formalization in an organization is the degree to which fixed rules and procedures dictate how employees should behave. Formalization is one of the key dimensions in organizational design as it helps the organization provide a more predictable product or service. Examples of formalization Which restaurant do you expect to…