Cracking the Code of. Change by Michael Beer and Nitin Nohria. Included with this full-text Harvard Business Review article: The Idea in Brief—the core idea. Citation: Beer, Michael, and Nitin Nohria. “Cracking the Code of Change.” Harvard Business Review 78, no. 3 (May–June ): – In this article, authors Michael Beer and Nitin Nohria describe two archetypes–or theories–of corporate transformation that may help executives crack the code.

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They lose focus and become mesmerized by all the advice available in print and on-line about why companies should change, what they should accomplish, and how they should do it.

This theory is the process of changing, obtaining feedback, reflecting, and making further changes. Why major change programs beerr Instead of using only one theory or sequencing both theories, a company should implement both Theory E and Theory O at the same time.

One of them is companies should not rush to change instead they should try and find a balance between Theory E and O approaches. This lack of speed and possible loss of direction can cause doubt and disillusionment with the process. They contrast those corporate transformations with that of UK-based retailer ASDA, which has successfully embraced the paradox hcange the opposing theories of change and integrated E and O.

Log In Sign Up. Those firms at maturity stage can apply both theories whereas those companies at its decline stage may only concentrate on shareholders welfare as their survival technique Hayes This should become a balancing act coce initiating actions that follow one theory and then contradict that theory.


Skip to main content. They accomplished this by compiling a list of key dimensions of change. Cite Tge Details Educators Purchase. The main aim of the study was the realization that organizations need to adapt to change or they will die.

Explicitly embrace the paradox between economic value and organizational capability.

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CEOs need to learn to simultaneously manage the seemingly contradictory dualities of the job: Harvard Business Review May-June: Theory E change strategies are ones that make all the headlines. Champion International Company paid attention on changing its corporate culture to improve teamwork, communication and employee productivity, which was a Theory O approach.

Note on Human Behavior: Theory E is a hard approach and is based on economic value and usually results in economic incentives, layoffs, downsizing and restructuring. A more general study with a comprehensive sample would be recommended.

Cracking the code of change.

Rather than only pay managers when they meet financial goals, the company should pay managers when they meet performance goals as well. The theory and practice of change management 3rd Ed. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Rather, companies combine the theories and lose focus. Nitin NohriaSandra J.

Cracking the Code of Change

Editorial Washington Post May 19, From This Paper Topics from this paper. Harvard Business Review July-August: However, those who do not learn and cannot learn should be replaced. They studied two companies, both in the paper production, and looked at how each executive of the companies approached change.

Because the theories are so different, managers cannot juggle them simultaneously and the resulting mess leaves the company no better off. However, it is often too hard to manage even this circumstance because it takes years to fully implement. But few companies manage corporate transformations as well as they would like.


Harvard Business Review June: Therefore, these companies hope their rising gains in productivity outdistance their business situation. Nohria, Nitin, Sandra J. Companies can enact Theory O and Theory E in sequence.

Most companies focus purely on one theory or the other, or haphazardly use a mix of both, the authors say. The authors therefore set to bridge this academic gap. Managers should be encouraged to use consultants as a tool and nothing else. For example, if Theory E Employees last policy follows Theory O Employees first nphria policies, employees and managers may feel betrayed.

He facilitated the creation of major payoffs that developed a nhoria competitive advantage in the competitive changf. It is a good starting point for scholars including myself to build upon and expand the knowledge on theory E and O using other key dimensions of change.

SucherJoseph Badaracco and Bridget Gurtler When we think of human behavior, especially from a moral perspective, we often rely on explanations based on character. References BeerM.

Skip to search form Skip to main content. The company should explicitly confront the tension between E and O goals and embrace the paradox between the two theories. Managers should be encouraged to learn at all costs. To show the differences between cbange hard and soft approaches, Beer and Nohria devised a system to compare the three companies.