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.
A Cognitive Perspective on Strategizing/Organizing
Well-known theories of organizational change rarely specify the behavior needed to achieve the intended consequences (Mezias, Grinyer and Guth, 2001). Recognizing the lack of insights into micro-level strategy processes, scholars have pushed strategizing and organizing forward as one of the themes that need to be explored (Chia, 1997; Weick, 1969; Eden and Ackermann, 1998; Whittington and Melin, Chapter 2 of this volume). Although it holds the promise of new lines of research, empirical studies on this theme are scarce. To fill part of this void, two key questions are addressed – both conceptually and empirically – in this chapter: (1) What type of activities do strategizing and organizing involve? (2) How ...