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Does organization structure matter?: On the relationship between the structure, functioning and effectiveness
School of Management and Economics, Växjö University, Växjö, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2156-680X
Division of Logistics and Transportation, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2006 (English)In: International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management (IJITM), ISSN 0219-8770, Vol. 3, no 3, p. 237-263Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Managers often see new organizational design as the solution to many problems. This paper explores the relationship between organization structure (design), functioning of organizations, and effectiveness. A study of 320 companies showed that the structural variable, decentralization, marginally affected the way in which organizations function. Functional variables had a minor impact on profitability. No direct relationship between structure and effectiveness was found. When functioning is conceptualized as a mediating factor no direct causality between structure and effectiveness is implied, but a relationship between structure, function and effectiveness. To improve effectiveness, reorganizing is probably not the first option to consider.

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London: World Scientific Publishing (UK) Ltd , 2006. Vol. 3, no 3, p. 237-263
Keywords [en]
Organization structure, function, organizational effectiveness
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Business Administration
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Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71621DOI: 10.1142/S0219877006000788OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-71621DiVA, id: diva2:1280898
Available from: 2019-01-21 Created: 2019-01-21 Last updated: 2019-01-22Bibliographically approved

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