Organizing for Flexibility: Addressing Dynamic Capabilities and Organization Design

NP (Niels) van der Weerdt, Henk Volberda, E Verwaal, M Stienstra

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The increasingly dynamic nature of organizational environments has led the research community to study organizational flexibility. Although the research literature stresses the complexity of the organizational flexibility construct, it lacks a comprehensive empirical study addressing the relationships among various dimensions of organizational flexibility. The present paper develops a theoretical framework specifying the linkages between types of flexibility and organization design characteristics. We argue for a hierarchical structure with increasing levels of flexibility and supporting organizational design. The theoretical framework is linked to observables based on a dataset of 3,259 respondents and provides strong support for the specified statistical model.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollaborative Communities of Firms
EditorsA Bollingtoft, L Donaldson, G Huber, D D Hakonsson, S Snow
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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  • RSM S&E


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