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The Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers

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Andrew M. Pettigrew: A Groundbreaking Process Scholar

  • Harry SminiaAffiliated withDepartment of Strategy & Organization, University of Strathclyde Business School Email author 


This chapter positions Andrew Pettigrew as a process scholar. It describes his work of catching “reality in flight” as he investigated the continuity and change, which is involved in subject areas like the politics of organizational decision-making, organizational culture, fundamental strategic change, human resource management, competitiveness, the workings of boards of directors, and new organizational forms. The chapter also describes the research methodology of contextualism that Andrew Pettigrew developed to capture “reality in flight.” It discusses the extent to which Andrew Pettigrew succeeded and how his research program could be developed further.


Process Contextualism Strategic change Politics Impact