New Approaches to Organization Design

Theory and Practice of Adaptive Enterprises

  • Anne Bøllingtoft
  • Dorthe Døjbak Håkonsson
  • Jørn Flohr Nielsen
  • Charles C. Snow
  • John Ulhøi

Part of the Information and Organization Design Series book series (INOD, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Toward New Organizational Forms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Charles C. Snow, Doreen R. Strauss, Christopher Lettl
      Pages 3-21
    3. Patrick Kenis, Keith G. Provan, Peter M. Kruyen
      Pages 23-40
  3. Dynamics of Adaptation and Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Deborah E.M. Mulders, A. Georges L. Romme
      Pages 61-78
    3. Timothy N. Carroll, Samina Karim
      Pages 79-97
    4. Kent Wickstrøm Jensen, Dorthe Døjbak Håkonsson, Richard M Burton, Børge Obel
      Pages 99-119
  4. Fit and Performance

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 169-170

About this book


Organization design (OD) is a key feature of management theory and practice. It addresses the challenges of constructing and maintaining effective organizations. Essential to its application is the assumption that it can improve organizations and their performance.


Faced with the ever-accelerating pace of technological change and the restructuring of markets, many firms have questioned their own organizational structures and processes. Consequently, we have witnessed much organizational experimentation and the development of new forms of organizing over the last decade. How does organization design inform such experimentation? And how can organization design help managers gain insights and advance the current understanding of how organizations can meet environmental challenges and constraints in the future?


This book is the third volume to emerge from a series of workshops on organization design, featuring new empirical research and theoretical insights. The chapters are organized around three central themes: (1) Towards New Organizational Forms; (2) Dynamics of Adaption and Change; and (3) Fit and Performance. The chapters cover such timely issues as organizational networks, virtuality, learning, dynamic capabilities, and adaptation. Common to all contributions is a focus on the core theories of OD and emerging perspectives. Collectively, the chapters reflect the state of the art of OD and provide a further step toward the evolution of this important field of research.


human resource development human resource management industrial psychology learning organization networks organization organization design organizational behavior organizations performance management

Editors and affiliations

  • Anne Bøllingtoft
    • 1
  • Dorthe Døjbak Håkonsson
    • 2
  • Jørn Flohr Nielsen
    • 3
  • Charles C. Snow
    • 4
  • John Ulhøi
    • 5
  1. 1.Aarhus School of BusinessUniversity of AarhusAarhus VDenmark
  2. 2.Aarhus School of BusinessUniversity of AarhusAarhus VDenmark
  3. 3.Aarhus School of BusinessUniversity of AarhusAarhus VDenmark
  4. 4.Dept. of Management & OrganizationPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkU.S.A.
  5. 5.Aarhus School of BusinessUniversity of AarhusAarhus VDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-0626-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-0627-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2668
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