Management Theory of Rosabeth Moss Kanter Key Terms / Managing / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

Dr. Rosabeth Moss Kanter was born in 1943 and is one of the only individuals, most notably one of the only women, in recent years to ...

Dr. Rosabeth Moss Kanter was born in 1943 and is one of the only individuals, most notably one of the only women, in recent years to have solidified herself as a true guru when it comes to using the corporate world and management theories to help businesses grow and maintain productivity. With several concepts and theories attributed to her, it can be confusing at first to get them all straight and properly implement them in business environments. To assist with this, consider learning some of the most popular and influential topics accredited to and explored by Rosabeth Moss Kanter.

Change management

Change management is the process that occurs when the changes in and to a system are being implemented through a controlled manner, typically through following a predefined model for these changes. There may be some reasonable modifications put in place in order to make the process occur more smoothly.

Structural issues

Structural issues, as defined by Dr. Rosabeth Moss Kanter, refer to the environmental stressers that can affect the individuals in groups within a particular company. Examples of structural issues include the structure of opportunities, the structure of power and the proportions of individuals who make up the various groups and sub-levels of a company, business or organization.


Empowerment is the idea that a business, company or organization is most optimally operating, in terms of productivity, when all of the employees are able to make and carry out decisions on their own. Closely associated with Dr. Rosabeth Moss Kanter, empowerment describes the idea of authority being present and devolved down through all levels of a corporate entity.


Confidence is the ability of a person to believe in what he or she is doing and that he or she can succeed at the overall goal. For many, confidence makes the difference between failure and success. Dr. Rosabeth Moss Kanter refers to confidence as the "sweet spot between arrogance and despair," the key not only to achieving success, but of maintaining it over periods of time.

Corporate Olympics

Corporate Olympics serve to illustrate the global competition that takes place in the business world. Dr. Rosabeth Moss Kanter believes that the winners of the Corporate Olympics would be structured without a hierarchy, cooperative in their makeup and focused on specific processes through which tasks get done. Dr. Rosabeth Moss Kanter also believes that the Corporate Olympics elite would also possess a healthy dose of humility.

The change wheel

Since, according to Dr. Rosabeth Moss Kanter, the change in a business or organization should have no beginning or end, it is illustrated as the change wheel. This process needs to constantly be taking place to be effective and true. The change wheel suggests that when one change process is taking place and winding up, another change process should be beginning.

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