Cracking the Code of. Change by Michael Beer and Nitin Nohria. Included with this full-text Harvard Business Review article: The Idea in Brief—the core idea. Citation: Beer, Michael, and Nitin Nohria. “Cracking the Code of Change.” Harvard Business Review 78, no. 3 (May–June ): – In this article, authors Michael Beer and Nitin Nohria describe two archetypes–or theories–of corporate transformation that may help executives crack the code.

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Chwnge problem is that companies cannot enact just one of these theories when trying to change their organization. The company should explicitly confront the tension between E and O goals and embrace the paradox between the two theories. The idea should be having the company use what it learns in order to remove the dead weight from the company.

We think that good decisions and responsible behavior require people with integrity and strong character and that immoral behavior originates within people with little integrity and weak character. In a summary, this empirical article by Beer and Nohria was interesting to read. References BeerM.

Porter and Nitin Nohria. Managers using Theory O believe if they focus exclusively on the price of their stock, they might harm their organizations.

To thrive and adapt in the new economy, companies must make sure the E and O theories of business change are in sync at their own organizations. Instead of this halfhearted approach, managers are better off picking a pure model: However, it is often too hard tye manage even this circumstance because it takes years to fully implement.


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It is a good starting point for scholars including myself to build upon and expand the knowledge on theory E and O using other key dimensions of change. Combining E and O is directionally correct, they contend, but it requires a careful, conscious integration plan.

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Rather tje rely on a single form of incentives that concentrate on a single issue, the company should tailor its incentives to get the managers and employees to be the best they can be.

He facilitated the creation of major payoffs that nogria a sustained competitive advantage in the competitive environment.

SucherJoseph Badaracco and Bridget Gurtler. From This Paper Topics from this paper. Finance Globalization Health Care. Note on Human Behavior: The simultaneous use of both theories is more likely to be the source of sustainable competitive advantage. Sucher, Joseph Badaracco, and Bridget Gurtler.

Cracking the Code of Change

Beer and Nohria then demonstrate how the theories can be combined to create successful, lasting change. Contributing Knowledge to Electronic Knowledge Repositories: Change management as a platform for activity-based management. Harvard Business School Press. Use of soft and hard models of HRM to illustrate the gap between rhetoric and reality in workforce management Working Paper No.


Nissen SoutheastCon Journal of Cost Management Summer: E change strategies are more common than O change strategies among companies in the United States. Cracking the code of change. Changing the way we change.

Additionally, the company enacting Theory O gains productivity but does not gain economic value beyond the gains in performance measures.

However, important research in recent decades strongly suggests that situational factors often dominate character in ethical decision neer leaders and for members of their organizations. Finally, consultants should get managers to think and not just blindly act on a set of procedures.

Cracking the code of change.

This is a losing situation because however high the gain in productivity a company experiences cannot overcome losing market share and consumers. Rather than only pay managers when they meet financial goals, the company should pay managers when they meet performance goals as well.

Rather than beet follow a pattern of reorganization or a policy of experimentation, the company should look to learn. Showing of extracted citations.

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Theory E is change based on economic value.