Creating Better Understanding of Organizations While Building Better Organizations

Sage Handbook of New Approaches in Management and Organization, edited by David Barry and Hans Hansen. London: Sage Publications, 2008, pp. 554-564

23 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2017

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Roger L. M. Dunbar

New York University (NYU) - Department of Management and Organizational Behavior

A. Georges L. Romme

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) - Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences

William H. Starbuck

University of Oregon - Charles H. Lundquist School of Business; New York University (NYU) - Department of Management and Organizational Behavior

Date Written: July 1, 2008

Abstract

Current approaches to organization design rely on static, mechanistic ideas that are often out of touch with changing realities. Specifically, organizations commit to plans that they then use to guide the matching of organization structures and environmental demands. Though environments change and structures evolve, the design process ignores the implications of this evolution. In a changing world, a continued reliance on static and unchanging organization design leads to undesired results and widespread dissatisfaction.

This chapter seeks to stimulate renewed interest in research about efforts to improve organizational structures and processes – organization design. To build a scientific base for design, research must develop concepts and propositions that suggest opportunities and options for designs and designing.

Keywords: organization, design, improvement

Suggested Citation

Dunbar, Roger L. M. and Romme, A. Georges L. and Starbuck, William H., Creating Better Understanding of Organizations While Building Better Organizations (July 1, 2008). Sage Handbook of New Approaches in Management and Organization, edited by David Barry and Hans Hansen. London: Sage Publications, 2008, pp. 554-564, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2950880

Roger L. M. Dunbar (Contact Author)

New York University (NYU) - Department of Management and Organizational Behavior ( email )

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New York, NY 10012
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A. Georges L. Romme

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) - Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences ( email )

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William H. Starbuck

University of Oregon - Charles H. Lundquist School of Business ( email )

1208 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1208
United States

New York University (NYU) - Department of Management and Organizational Behavior ( email )

44 West 4th Street
New York, NY 10012
United States

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