Organizational life cycles discussion- also reply to the 2 classmates


Read the article, “Organizational life cycles and shifting criteria of effectiveness: Some preliminary evidence”.(Access  this article by going to the Library homepage and clicking on the  ProQuest alternative database link in the pink announcement area on the  right side; search using the article title).Describe the  chronicle of life cycle change and the early stages of development,  performance and resource acquisition, events leading to later stages of  development, and the development of the formalization and control stage.  Why do you think the author wrote about this topic? Why is it  important?

Guided Response: Respond  to two of your classmate’s posts. Compare the information in the article  to the analysis provided by your classmates in reference to initiating  and formalizing control. Are your classmates’ analyses of the article  accurate? Why or why not?

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Monday Sep 11 at 4:26pm            

The  first stage is where innovation and creativity begins.  In this stage  the organization is also getting resources.  In this early stage of the  organization’s development success will be tied to how the organization  adapts and grows.  The second stage is about how the organization comes  together.  During this stage those who are in the organization should  feel like a family.  They should have high commitment to each other and a  high relationship with each other.  The third stage is when the  organization has stable and efficient production.  This means that the  organization has policies and procedures in place to have effective  production.  In the fourth stage the organization begins to review the  outside environment so they can either renew or expand themselves (Quinn  et al., 1983).
            I think the authors wrote about this  topic because they wanted to see if the effectiveness of an organization  (success) was correlated with the stage development.  Also, I think the  authors wanted to find out during what stage showed more changes in the  life cycle.  This topic is important because every organization should  understand there is a life cycle to the organization.  Organizations  should understand there are stages and every stage has tasks that should  be completed before moving to the next stage.  This is similar to the  saying “learn to walk before you run”.  When organizations understand  the different stages, they can avoid failing.  They can do this by  making sure that everything has been done in one stage before moving on  to the next stage.  When an organization learns to first crawl, stand,  walk, and then run, the possibility of failure decrease and success  increases.


Quinn, R. E., & Cameron, K. (1983). Organizational life cycles  and shifting criteria of effectiveness: Some preliminary evidence. Management Science, 29(1), 33-51.  Retrieved September 7, 2017

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The  chronicle of life cycle change and the early stages of development  happen when after a person has been born along with the process of  growing after birth which includes the use of imagination.  In regards  to organizational development, the birth stage is the development of  generating a management method that will be workable. The growth stage  within an organization happens when it gets strong and gains prestige.  This considered a progression level where management has to guide an  organization through catastrophes that may happen without warning. 

The third stage of life cycle is the deceleration stage which  “is typified by an elaboration and formalization of rules and procedures  and an emphasis on predictability and coordination” (Quinn, 1983, p.  33). In this stage, a company gets adjusted to daily function and begin  to inflate by creating objectives and using team collaboration to work  through issues. The author wrote this topic to inform individuals that  the growth process of a baby becoming into an adult is similar to a  company establishing itself and prospering.


Quinn, R. E., & Kim, C. (1983). Organizational life cycles and shifting criteria of effectiveness: Some preliminary evidence. Management Science (Pre-1986), 29(1), 33. Retrieved from

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