This book presents novel theoretical ideas and empirical findings where the fields of strategizing and organizing meet. At this boundary lie many of the most crucial theoretical and practical issues for management and managing. Innovative Forms of Organizing, the eagerly awaited sequel to The Innovating Organization (SAGE, 2000), draws upon the comprehensive data sets of the INFORM programme of research, to examine the development of innovative forms of organizing and company performance in organizations across Europe, Japan and the United States. Innovative Forms of Organizing establishes and develops three strong themes: organizing and strategizing; complementarities, change and performance; and the management of dualities in the modern corporation. The book then discusses the implications of its presented ideas for strategizing/organizing in the 21st century firm and the challenges for management researchers of conducting large scale, international comparative research. Innovative Forms of Organizing thereby illustrates 21st Century management research in 21st Century organizations across Europe, Japan and the USA. This seminal international study will be a classic in the field for years to come for scholars and policy makers in academia, business and government who are interested in strategy, organization and international management.

The Challenge of Organizing/Strategizing

The Challenge of Organizing/Strategizing
The challenge of organizing/strategizing

This chapter provides a broad theoretical frame to the empirical chapters that follow in this part of the volume. Its title expresses two core themes in these chapters. First, as the verbs ‘organizing’and ‘strategizing’ emphasize, the focus will be not so much on organizational strategies and forms in themselves, but on the continuous processes involved in moving towards and moving along such strategies and forms. Secondly, as the oblique mark indicates, organizing and strategizing will be treated not as two discrete practices, but as inextricably linked together, a single duality rather than separable building blocks. This commitment to organizing/strategizing involves a theoretical double-turn that puts the emphasis firmly on holistic processes.

This theoretical move is, we shall argue, ...

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