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"Barry and Hansen have gathered an impressive array of contributors to speculate where the management and organization field might be headed. The Handbook offers refreshing and proactive insights that confront our assumptions about organizations and challenge us to expand our thinking and inquiry. It it must reading for anyone who seeks to understand how we look at, live in, and act on organizations."—Thomas G. Cummings, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern CaliforniaTen years ago critical theory and postmodernism were considered new and emerging theories in Business and Management. What will be the next new important theories to shape the field? In one edited volume, David Barry and Hans Hansen have commissioned new chapters that will allow readers to stay one step ahead of the latest thinking. Contributors draw on research and practice to introduce ideas that are considered 'fringe' and controversial today, but may be key theoretical contributions tomorrow. Each chapter sets these ideas in their historical context, lays out the key theoretical positions taken by each new approach and makes it clear why these approaches are different to more mainstream concepts. Throughout contributors refer to existing studies that show how these developing themes will change the Business and Management arena.Researchers, teachers and advanced students who are interested in the future of Business and Management scholarship will want to read this Handbook.

A New Focal Point: Interactions, Deliverables and Delivery
A new focal point: Interactions, deliverables and delivery

A fundamental model of today's organization architecture is the network, a structure composed of nodes and links. In an organization, the nodes represent people (individuals or groups) doing work; the links between them represent the active and productive communications or handoffs between specific node pairs. Although much is understood about the organizing principles that give networks their topology, little is known about the dynamics that take place along the links (Barabasi, 2003) despite Weick's (1979) observation that interactions are the fundamental unit of organizing.

In a very real sense, the handoffs or deliverables that are passing back and forth between groups are the critical factor in performance, rather than the activities ...

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