Formal and Informal Control as Complements or Substitutes? The Role of the Task Environment

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Abstract

This study extends both traditional contingency approaches to organizational control as well as the fledgling, and largely conceptual, literature on more holistic control approaches by examining whether and to what extent formal and informal controls interact with each other in their influence on performance outcomes. In particular, we examine whether formal and informal controls act as complements or substitutes for each other, as well as whether such an interaction will be more or less pronounced in the context of higher degrees of exploration. Our empirical findings from an analysis of 184 strategic initiatives conducted by firms across a variety of industries provide support for the benefits of a complementary use of formal and informal controls, but also suggests that the degree of exploration at least partially moderates this effect, and thereby contribute to a more com-prehensive understanding of organizational control.

Authors Kreutzer, Markus; Cardinal, Laura; Walter, Jorge & Lechner, Christoph
Language English
Keywords informal control, organizational control, exploration, strategic initiatives
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SoM - Responsible Corporate Competitiveness (RoCC)
Refereed Yes
Date 4 August 2014
Publisher Academy of Management
Page Range 339-344
Number of Pages 6
Title of Book Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings. 2014
Event Title 74th Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) 2014 "The Power of Words"
Event Location Philadelphia, PA
Event Dates 01-05.08.2014
ISSN 2151-6561
Publisher DOI 10.5465/AMBPP.2014.105
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Markus Kreutzer
Date Deposited 22 Apr 2014 21:11
Last Modified 26 Jan 2018 13:29
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/231215

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Kreutzer, Markus; Cardinal, Laura; Walter, Jorge & Lechner, Christoph: Formal and Informal Control as Complements or Substitutes? The Role of the Task Environment. 2014. - 74th Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) 2014 "The Power of Words". - Philadelphia, PA.

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