Organizational Response to Institutional Change: EU Membership and the Finnish Dairy Sector

By Lampros Lamprinakis.

Published by Change Management: An International Journal

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Changes in the institutional and market environments can present new challenges for organizations. The ability to properly and adequately change and adapt to these new conditions can be crucial for organizations’ competitiveness and their long-term survival. The article offers a qualitative case study analysis on the transformation process of the biggest Finnish dairy organization, Valio, in the light of the country’s accession to the EU. The analysis is based on thirteen personal in-depth semi-structured interviews with management employees, executives, past directors and industry insiders. The examination covers several aspects of the organization’s efforts to adapt with a particular focus on processes, strategies, and transition stages, and thus provides invaluable insight that allows the better understanding of a successful transformation.”

Keywords: Organizational Change, Institutional Adaptation, Qualitative Case Study, Dairy Sector, European Union, Valio, Finland

Change Management: An International Journal, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp.49-59. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 301.815KB).

Dr. Lampros Lamprinakis

Researcher, Department of Research, NILF, Oslo, Norway

Lampros Lamprinakis is currently a researcher for the Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute (the name in Norwegian is Norsk institutt for landbruksøkonomisk forskning, abbreviated as NILF). NILF is an independent research institute under the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture. In 2008 he received his PhD from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada and worked for a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). His research interests include industrial organization, game theory, economic psychology, event analysis, and economic policy. Lampros Lamprinakis has also worked as a lecturer in several universities in Canada and Greece.