What is a Paradigm Shift in Business? - Definition & Examples


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If you meet someone from another country who teaches you how to cook native foods from that country, and the individual explains to you the history behind why those foods are eaten there, what type of paradigm shift have you just experienced?

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1. Another phrase that means paradigm is _____.

2. Which answer best explains when a paradigm shift occurs?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are many examples of paradigm shifts happening all around us. See if you can pick out some of those shifts and tell what a paradigm is by answering these practice questions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will help you test your knowledge of:

  • Synonyms of the word paradigm
  • Categorizing different types of paradigm shifts
  • Identifying when a paradigm shift has occurred

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - find a descriptive phrase that applies to key terms such as paradigm and paradigm shift
  • Distinguishing differences - contrast the four types of paradigm shifts by matching a few of them with a scenario
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of paradigm shifts to select the type of shift being described in three examples

Additional Learning

The accompanying lesson called What is a Paradigm Shift in Business? - Definition & Examples can help you learn even more about paradigm shifts. In this lesson, you'll read about:

  • How paradigm shifts affect both individuals and groups
  • Real-world examples of the four types of paradigm shifts
  • The role of paradigm shifts in corporate culture