The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies provides a comprehensive and timely overview of the field. This volume offers a compendium of perspectives on process thinking, process organizational theory, process research methodology and empirical applications. The emphasis is on a combination of pedagogical contributions and in-depth reviews of current thinking and research in each of the selected areas, combined with the development of agendas for future research. The Handbook is divided into five sections: Part One: Process Philosophy Part Two: Process Theory Part Three: Process Methodology Part Four: Process Applications Part Five: Process Perspectives

Organization Design as Process

Organization Design as Process

Organization Design as Process
Roger L. M. DunbarBeth A. Bechky

Organization designs enable organizations to perform tasks and generate desired outcomes. Classic approaches often focused on how organization designs could adapt to environmental pressures, leading to a static perspective. In fact as situations demand, managers adjust and change organization designs. This paper presents a process perspective using case studies to illustrate how designs develop. Later, we show how conflicts over desired outcomes destroy design effectiveness.

Our approach contrasts with discussions of organization designs that seek to identify a fixed structure – a ‘contingent fit’ – that fixes dimensions of organizational coordination and control to accommodate environments and accomplish goals (Galbraith, 1973; Thompson, 1967). This static perspective suggests organization designing is a planning activity ...

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