Organizational improvisation: What, when, how and why

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In this article, the authors review the growing body of literature on organizational improvisation in order to present an encompassing and systematic perspective on this concept. An integrative definition of its construct is presented together with a new way of measuring this phenomenon in organizational settings. The article further explores this construct by presenting its triggers, necessary conditions, influencing factors and major outcomes. The issues of improvisation's growing legitimization in the organizational arena for practitioners and researchers alike are addressed in order to argue for the need for and interest in a fuller development research on this concept.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-341
Number of pages43
JournalInternational Journal of Management Reviews
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1999


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