Managing Boundaries in Organizations

Author: N. Paulsen
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230512550
Format: PDF, Docs
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Drawing together an international group of scholars, this book provides fresh and provocative perspectives on boundaries in organizations. The emergence, management and transformation of organizational boundaries is intrinsic to modern organization and poses one of the most persistent and potentially rewarding challenges to researchers and managers alike. The book offers the latest insights into the nature of boundaries, how they may be interpreted and studied, as well as implications for managing. The chapters include theoretical perspectives and cases from Europe, Canada, the USA, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Managing the Unknowable

Author: Ralph D. Stacey
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781555424633
Format: PDF, Kindle
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It's What You Don't Know That Counts Discover the important roles chance and uncertainty play in successful strategic planning. In this ingenious work, author Ralph D. Stacey shows managers how their companies can benefit from the unexpected developments that impact their business and how they can prepare to creatively leverage the opportunities such developments present. He explains how an appreciation of conflict and team dialogue can help managers discover and build on the innate energy of their organizations. And he illustrates his theories with real-world examples from Sony, Kodak, Federal Express and other noted market innovators.

Exploring Individual and Organizational Boundaries

Author: W. Gordon Lawrence
Publisher: Karnac Books
ISBN: 9781855752320
Format: PDF
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'Social Dreaming' is the name given to a method of working with dreams within a gathering of people. The author describes a distinctive approach centring around the concept of "relatedness" - that is, the ways in which individual experience and behaviour reflect the conscious and unconscious constructs of the group or organisation in the mind.

Managing Knowledge Integration Across Boundaries

Author: Andrew Van de Ven
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198785976
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Knowledge integration - the purposeful combination of specialized and complementary knowledge to achieve specific tasks - is becoming increasingly important for organizations facing rapidly changing institutional environments, globalized markets, and fast-paced technological developments. The need for knowledge integration is driven by knowledge specialization and its geographic and organizational distribution in the global economy. The increasing complexity and relevance of the knowledge integration problem is apparent in emerging new fields of research, such as open innovation, or the merging of existing ones, e.g. organizational learning and strategy. In global competition, the successful management of knowledge integration underpins firms' ability to innovate, generate profit, grow and, ultimately, survive. This book provides conceptual contributions as well as empirical studies that examine knowledge integration essentially as a 'boundary' problem. Knowledge integration becomes a problem when boundaries between knowledge fields, and the institutions that preside over those fields, are not clear, or become fluid and contestable. This fluidity, and the competitive pressures this fluidity generates, are persistent and permanent features of the world we live in. This book put forward a consistent set of ideas, methods and tools useful to interpret, analyze and act upon the processes of knowledge integration across boundaries.

Multicultural Organizations in Asia

Author: Heidi Dahles
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317983904
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A new study of how Asian Pacific organizations and private enterprises are expanding into markets beyond their national bases by transforming themselves in multinational and transnational directions. It shows how multicultural relations are fundamental to such shifts. It explains the organizational processes that characterize economic restructuring and the transgression of state borders by organizations seeking economic opportunities. It shows how these ambitions require boundaries to be overcome both inside and outside of organizations. This study also details the trend towards fluidity and complexity of boundaries – both physical and symbolic – within and without of organizations due to the speeding up of key processes. This, however, does not imply that boundaries are disappearing. Organizational change always challenges identities and sets new targets for this very identification. Mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances all generate new organizational forms and necessitate the redefinition and renegotiation of organizational boundaries. The manifold ways in which organizational boundaries are affected by economic restructuring and at the same time affect social processes within and between organizations, in particular in the context of the booming economies of the Asia Pacific area is the focus of this volume. This book was previously published as a special issue of the Asian Pacific Business Review.

The Nature of the New Firm

Author: K. J. Mccarthy
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 085793645X
Format: PDF
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The emerging knowledge economy is prompting decisive changes in the organization of business firms. Corporate hierarchies flatten under the impact of ICT and the need to delegate decision rights. The boundaries of the firm shrink under the impact of outsourcing and viable relational contracting. However, we still know very little about the mechanics and manifestations of this process. Killian McCarthy, Maya Fiolet, and Wilfred Dolfsma s The Nature of the New Firm breaks new ground in our understanding of changing economic organization. It will appeal not only to theorists of the firm, but also to management scholars and sociologists interested in organization. Nicolai J. Foss, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark The Nature of the New Firm presents a number of studies on the blurring of boundaries within and between organizations and institutions. Globalization has created new ways of doing business, new institutions to oversee them, and has introduced a spectrum of new protagonists to the international arena. Scholars and practitioners have been challenged by the evolving environment to find new ways to interact and, in the process, many of the traditional boundaries that have existed within and between organizations and institutions have become increasingly blurred. This unique compendium sheds light on these and other topics on the question of change, both within and between organizations and institutions. The contributors have expertly combined the insights of some of the biggest names in the fields of economics, business and strategic management, both present and future and in doing so offer scholars a tailor-made, up-to-date study on the topic of economic change. This book will prove to be a compelling read for students, scholars and policymakers of international business, industrial organization and strategy.

Toward Permeable Boundaries of Organizations

Author: Leopold Ringel
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 1787438295
Format: PDF
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The classical concept of organizations as solitary 'walled-in' actors with clear operational boundaries is increasingly being challenged. This volume examines why, examines the impact of these changes on organizations and offers conceptual and empirical insights.

Fragmenting Work

Author: Mick Marchington
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780199262243
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"The findings of this book raise questions about the governance of such complex organizational forms, the appropriateness of current institutions for addressing this complexity, and the challenge of harnessing employee commitment in circumstances where human resource practices are shaped by organizations other than the legal employer." "Fragmenting Work will be vital reading for all those wishing to understand the contemporary realities of work and employment."--Jacket.

Boundary Spanning Elements and the Marketing Function in Organizations

Author: Sunil Sahadev
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 331913440X
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book presents current research on boundary spanning elements. The editors bring together extant knowledge in the field and present a uniform narrative. Previous studies have often been disseminated across several academic disciplines like services marketing, personal selling and sales management etc. and this monograph aggregates studies dealing with boundary spanning elements or has boundary spanning elements related to the marketing function as the main empirical platform under a uniform theoretical perspective. Each chapter in the book deals with an important research theme and synthesizes studies in relation to boundary spanning elements.

Information Organization and Management

Author: Ralf Reichwald
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9783540713951
Format: PDF
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This book offers a comprehensive treatment of the economic and technical foundations for new organizational forms, relations and processes. It provides a wide range of underlying concepts and frameworks that help the reader understand the major forces driving organizational and marketplace change, rather than presenting these changes as simple outcomes of technological or management fads. Contains case studies are included.