Andrew M. Pettigrew : a groundbreaking process scholar

Sminia, Harry; Szabla, David B and Pasmore, William A and Barnes, Mary A and Gipson, Asha N, eds. (2017) Andrew M. Pettigrew : a groundbreaking process scholar. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers. Palgrave, pp. 1-17. ISBN 9783319498201 (

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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.