Academy of Strategic Management Journal (Print ISSN: 1544-1458; Online ISSN: 1939-6104)


Organizational Immunity and Its Effect on Strategic Technological Change Options a Field Study at Jordanian Industrial Companies Listed in Amman Stock Exchange

Author(s): Abed Alsttar Mustafa Assayah

This research investigates the effect of Organizational Immunity (OI) on the Strategic Technological Change Options (STCO) through applying them to 47 Jordanian industrial companies listed on the Amman Stock Exchange. Analysis and interpretation of the results demonstrated the acceptance of the research model and the derived hypotheses, and that there are stable successive relationships between OI and STCO, so the more OI moves from Weak to Medium to Strong, the more the organization has managed to transform in STCO from Derivatives to Platform to Breakthrough and then to R&D. There are relationships and impacts allowing that OI can be adopted to explain the nature of change in STCO. Finally, evidences indicated that the level of immunity of the researched companies was medium, which led to tendency and focus on Derivatives and Platform due to their low cost and reluctance of the Breakthrough and R&D options as they require superior people and sophisticated technology. The study, based on the results, recommended increasing investment in Breakthrough and R&D options, and enhancing the OI to become a permanent competitive merit within companies, which is reflected in external capabilities and advantages in markets.

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