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Organizational Design: Two Lessons to Learn Before Reorganizing
School of Management and Economics, Växjö University, Växjö, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2156-680X
2002 (English)In: International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, ISSN 1093-4537, E-ISSN 1532-4273, Vol. 5, no 3-4, p. 343-358Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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There are two lessons to learn before reorganizing, that is, introducing a new organizational design. Lesson one: all organizations are hierarchical. The article aims at clarifying the difference between hierarchy and bureaucracy. Searching for non-hierarchical design alternatives will be futile. Lesson two: irrespective of whatever organizational design chosen and implemented it does not determine the way the organization will function. The main purpose is to explain why form does not determine function. We know little about how function affects organizational performance. That is why it is difficult to know in advance whether a new design will improve organizational performance or not.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2002. Vol. 5, no 3-4, p. 343-358
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71612DOI: 10.1081/OTB-120014895OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-71612DiVA, id: diva2:1280788
Available from: 2019-01-21 Created: 2019-01-21 Last updated: 2019-01-30Bibliographically approved

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