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.
Learning and Continuous Change in Innovating Organizations
It is frequently argued in the literature on new and innovative forms of organizing that organizations need to develop their capacity for rapid adaptation, flexibility and innovation (Nohria and Ghoshal, 1997; Volberda, 1998; Ghoshal and Bartlett, 1999). The challenge of building flexible, networked structures has been addressed from a variety of perspectives, for example structural (Volberda, 1998), processual (Handy, 1996) and knowledge management (Nonaka and Takeuchi, 1995), and a number of the indicators used in the INNFORM survey clearly show that intensive experiments to increase the capacity to adapt and learn are carried out in large companies all over the globe.
The INNFORM programme case studies also show that organizations are constantly engaged ...