equifinality

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equifinality

 [e″kwĭ-fi-nal´ĭ-te]
a principle of general systems theory stating that an open system can attain a time-independent state not dependent on initial conditions and determined only by the system parameters.
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This limited anecdotal evidence suggests that the five CPA strategies are more likely essential rather than equifinal in nature, and MNC subsidiaries need to pursue all of these strategies to some degree in order to gain legitimacy.
Fitting the parameter set of the bimodal soil hydraulic function according to the measurable single-continuum soil hydraulic function of the water retention curve and soil hydraulic conductivity might result in the "equifinal" parameter sets.
The equifinal outcomes associated with various configurations have proven especially insightful in suboptimal contexts (cf.
This is the simplest equifinal situation where performance depends on the organization's ability to identify and adopt the ideal strategy to meet a single, dominant functional demand.
Further, it is also assumed that some patterns or configurations can be equally effective or equifinal (Delery & Doty, 1996; Meyer et al., 1993).
For Eisenhardt and Martin, dynamic capabilities are equifinal, and firms can therefore develop them from many starting points and along different paths.
A second, related assumption is that organizational actions are mediated by equifinal processes.
The alternative work and pay systems that are equifinal in producing the form of prosperity a particular society will find acceptable are not limitless.
(1986: 44) call this ambiguity 'equifinal meaning', where each organization member can have different interpretations of communications which, nevertheless, leads to consensus.
This article would contend that such complexity and variation call instead for an equifinal treatment.
In contrast, the research insights in this paper shift the emphasis from different, potentially equifinal processes and routines that undergird sensing, seizing, and transforming of MNEs to the dominant logics behind them.