Adaptive Behaviour Paradigms

  • Oluwaseun E. Adegbite
  • Antonis C. Simintiras
  • Yogesh K. Dwivedi
  • Kemefasu Ifie
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Business book series (BRIEFSBUSINESS)


This chapter highlights the conceptualisation and importance of adaptive behaviour paradigms (ABPs). Paradigm connotes an implicit or explicit view of reality (Morgan, 1980); it is a ‘way of seeing’ (Morgan, 1979:137). An important way of viewing the organisation is by identifying its inherent characteristics. By nature behavioural aspect of organisation is prominent and important in the consideration of any organisational concept (Cyert & March, 1963). Based on this assertion, we posit adaptive behaviour paradigms as way(s) of viewing basic constituents of organisational adaptation. Also, paradigmatic analysis is a generic method of analysing any subject or field of study (Farhoomand, 1987; Hazlett, McAdam, & Gallagher, 2005). The reasons for undertaking a paradigmatic approach in this monograph are the following:
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    To facilitate the comprehension of many perspectives associated with organisational adaptations

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    To generate possible integrated interdisciplinary research directions

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    To provide a basis for analytical examination of various components of organisational adaptation

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    To aid the development of a firm foundation for the design of organisational adaptation processes and approaches



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oluwaseun E. Adegbite
    • 1
  • Antonis C. Simintiras
    • 2
    • 3
  • Yogesh K. Dwivedi
    • 4
  • Kemefasu Ifie
    • 5
  1. 1.School of ManagementSwansea UniversitySwanseaUK
  2. 2.College of Business AdministrationGulf University for Science and TechnologyHawallyKuwait
  3. 3.School of Management, Swansea UniversitySwanseaUK
  4. 4.Emerging Markets Research Centre (EMaRC), School of ManagementSwansea UniversitySwanseaUK
  5. 5.School of Business and EconomicsLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK

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