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Organization Design: The Evolving State-of-the-Art outlines the increasing role of organizational design in management theory and practice. The chapters review the main theoretical perspectives of organization design, identify important theoretical and practical issues currently facing the field, and suggest ways for valuable research to be conducted in the future. The text includes sections that show how theoretical argument or empirical study specifically informs organization design theory and practice.
The volume is organized in four sections: (1) Theoretical and Practical Issues, (2) Fit, Contingency and Configuration, (3) Design and Performance, and (4) The Dynamics of Adaptation and Change. The book will be a broad discussion of topics in the field, but each individual paper will provide in depth analysis of the topic. A common theme is a focus on core theories in organization design and emerging perspectives. The book is distinguished by chapters from both established authorities and new researchers in the field.
The book will be a 2005-benchmark publication of organization design theory, principles and concepts, and an important step in
Theoretical and Practical Issues.- The Configurational Approach to Organization Design: Four Recommended Initiatives.- The Contingency Theory of Organizational Design: Challenges and Opportunities.- FIT, Contingency, and Configuration.- Examining the Relationship Between Trust and Control in Organizational Design.- Structural Limitations in Organizational Design.- The Many Faces of Fit.- The Fit Between National Cultures, Organizing and Managing.- Design and Performance.- Organizational Design, Learning, and the Market Value of the Firm.- New Developments in Contingency Fit Theory.- Organization Design Constraints on Strategy and Performance.- Action Leadership, Multi-Contingency Theory and Fit.- The Dynamics of Adaptation and Change.- Management and Genghis Khan: Lessons for Multinational Business Enterprises.- Designing Firms for Knowledge Acquisition and Absorptive Capacity.- Models of Change, Organizational Redesign, and the Adoption of Web Technologies.- Governance Channels and Organizational Design at General Electric: 1950–2001.