Organizational Tradeoffs and the Dynamics of Search and Coordination

44 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2007

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Stephan Billinger

University of Southern Denmark - Department of Marketing & Management

Nils Stieglitz

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management; University of Southern Denmark - Strategic Organization Design Unit (SOD) - Department of Marketing & Management

Date Written: June 30, 2007

Abstract

We analyze the interactions and tradeoffs that result from organizational search and coordination. Our analysis suggests an antagonistic relationship between organizational search and coordination. The more an organization searches, the higher is the demand for coordination. However, meeting the demands for increased coordination constrains organizational search. Based on a case analysis and insights from existing theory, we identify four fundamental organizational tradeoffs in the coordination of interdependent search processes that give rise to the antagonistic relationship between the two. These are (1) the specialization of tasks, (2) the interdependencies between tasks, (3) the delegation of tasks and the constraints placed on organizational members to carry out these tasks, and (4) the incentives for organizational members. Our findings may be useful for the analysis of organizational strategies and structures, interorganizational modes of coordination, and industry architectures.

Keywords: Search, coordination, strategic organization design, interdependence, modularity

JEL Classification: D83, L23, L67, M21

Suggested Citation

Billinger, Stephan and Stieglitz, Nils, Organizational Tradeoffs and the Dynamics of Search and Coordination (June 30, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=998224 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.998224

Stephan Billinger

University of Southern Denmark - Department of Marketing & Management ( email )

Strategic Organization Design unit (SOD)
Campusvej 55
Odense
Denmark
+45 6550 3187 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.sam.sdu.dk/staff/sbi

Nils Stieglitz (Contact Author)

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management ( email )

Sonnemannstra├če 9-11
Frankfurt am Main, 60314
Germany

University of Southern Denmark - Strategic Organization Design Unit (SOD) - Department of Marketing & Management ( email )

Campusvej 55
DK-5230 Odense M
Denmark

HOME PAGE: http://www.sdu.dk/sod

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