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My Firm versus Our Firm: The Challenge of Change in Growing the Small Professional Service Firm

Teeter, Ryan A and Whelan-Berry, Karen (2008) My Firm versus Our Firm: The Challenge of Change in Growing the Small Professional Service Firm. Journal of Business Inquiry: Research, Education & Application, 7 (1). 41 - 52.

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Moving from start-up to mature organization involves many changes and transitions. While significant research exists about cultural organizational change, the nuances of such cultural change in small, growing organizations have not been as extensively researched. This paper seeks to understand how transitions experienced in the small business life cycle represent cultural organizational change, and whether such transitions can be more effectively managed when viewed as organizational change. Small businesses represent a significant portion of the U.S. and global economy. This paper focuses on small professional service firms. The case of an accounting firm moving to the mature stage in the small firm organizational life cycle is presented. Case methodology provides a means to better understand the transition from one life cycle stage to another as cultural organizational change, and explores how this change is different for owners/leaders of a small growing firm than for executives in large firms or organizations. The discussion focuses on how small firms can manage such transitions and offers insights for the owners/leaders of such firms.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Teeter, Ryan Aryan.teeter@pitt.eduRTEETER
Whelan-Berry, Karen
Date: 2008
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Business Inquiry: Research, Education & Application
Volume: 7
Number: 1
Publisher: Woodbury School of Business
Page Range: 41 - 52
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business > Business Administration
Refereed: Yes
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Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2012 14:42
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2022 17:17


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