Designing Organizations

21st Century Approaches

  • Richard M. Burton
  • Bo Eriksen
  • Dorthe Døjbak Håkonsson
  • Thorbjørn Knudsen
  • Charles C. Snow

Part of the Information and Organization Design Series book series (INOD, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-13
  2. Contingency, Institutional, and Evolutionary Theory

  3. The Design of Organizational Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dorthe Døjbak Håkonsson, Børge Obel, Richard M. Burton
      Pages 59-81
    3. Jørn Flohr Nielsen, Henrik Bendixen Sørensen
      Pages 83-103
    4. Frances Jørgensen, Harry Boer
      Pages 105-122
  4. Innovation: Overcoming Inertia and Conflicts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sladjana Vujovic, John Parm Ulhøi
      Pages 143-163
    3. Kaisa Henttonen
      Pages 165-188
  5. Firm Performance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bo H. Eriksen
      Pages 225-238
    3. Publisher
      Pages E1-E1

About this book


The design of organizations has been an ongoing concern of management theory and practice over the past several decades. Over this time, there has been little change in the fundamental theory, principles and concepts of Organization Design (OD). Recently organizational life has changed dramatically with the advent of: new communication systems, adaptive mechanisms, information technology, knowledge management systems, innovation processes and more. This book systemically examines these developments and their impact on OD with contributions from leading scholars in the area. Also featured in the book are the practical issues with implementing OD in organizations.

The individual chapters are organized into five sections: (1) Putting Contingency Theory in its Place, (2) Focus on Individuals Who Make up the Organization, (3) Innovation Processes and Organization Design, (4) Adaptation and Technology, and (5) Design for Performance. Each chapter examines aspects of the book’s threefold theme: (1) core issues in organization design, (2) emerging theoretical perspectives in OD, and (3) new developments and directions in OD. A special feature of each chapter is: 1) implications for theory, and 2) implications for practice.

DESIGNING ORGANIZATIONS: 21st Century Approaches is a benchmark publication in the field of organization design. By focusing on recent developments in organization design, this book will help to create more thoughtful research and stronger empirical analyses in this important area of management and organization.



Management Performance Planning information processing information technology innovative organizational processes knowledge management linear optimization modeling new organizational forms organization organization design organizational adaptation organizational change strategy

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard M. Burton
    • 1
  • Bo Eriksen
    • 2
  • Dorthe Døjbak Håkonsson
    • 3
  • Thorbjørn Knudsen
    • 4
  • Charles C. Snow
    • 5
  1. 1.Fuqua School of BusinessDuke UniversityDurhamU.S.A.
  2. 2.Dept. Organization & ManagementUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdense MDenmark
  3. 3.Aarhus School of Business, Dept. ManagementUniversity of AarhusAarhus VDenmark
  4. 4.Dept. Organization & ManagementUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdense MDenmark
  5. 5.Dept. of Management & OrganizationPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkU.S.A.

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-77775-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-77776-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2668
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