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The launch of Windows 7 renews debate about technological change in organizations. Many companies skipped the upgrade from Windows XP to Windows Vista and are now wondering whether to make the move to the latest version. At the same time Microsoft competitors are touting Linux as a viable alternative.

QUESTIONS:

  1. Would upgrading from earlier versions to Windows 7 be considered incremental or transformational change?
  2. Examine the common targets for change. Which target would be affected by upgrading to Windows 7? The obvious answer is technology, but look more closely. Can you argue for more than one target?
  3. What challenges does the pace of technological change present to organizations? How does improvisational change address this?

SOURCE: B. Acohido, “Despite Windows 7, Linux Raps Harder at Company Doors,” USA Today (Retrievable online at http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/technology/2009-10-22-windows-microsoft-linux_N.htm)

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