Fit and Misfits in the Multi-Dimensional Contingency Model: An Organizational Change Perspective

Richard M. Burton, Jørgen Lauridsen, Børge Obel

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We present the concept of organizational misfit as a complement to multi-contingency theory fit concepts for organizational performance. Firms with misfits have opportunity losses that firms without misfits do not suffer. Using data from 232 small and medium sized Danish firms, we confirm the hypotheses that firms with either or both situational and contingency misfits have lower performance increases than firms without misfits. Further, a firm may not obtain increased performance from the elimination of misfits piecemeal, but will obtain significant nonlinear positive increases when misfits are fixed within a holistic or systems approach.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
PublisherLOK Research Center. CBS
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)8791023009
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
SeriesLOK Working Paper

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