Tight or Loose – An Integrative Perspective on Organizational Structures of Renewal

Item Type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Extant literature distinguishes between two perspectives that make different assumptions about the effect of structure on firm performance: One emphasizes the value of tight interdependencies, the other advocates for loose interdependencies. We find that these literatures build on a common assumption that structure hinders organizational adaptation. Based on an in-depth case study of a software company with 30 years of successful history, we show how a combination of tight and loose coupling – a tightly coupled activity system aligned around loose discretion-inducing elements – can facilitate strategic renewal. We propose an integrative perspective that provides a more complete picture on how organizational structures affect adaptation. This perspective recognizes that organizational structures can enable individual and interpersonal behaviors that aggregate into a firm-level capacity for continuous renewal.

Authors Weiser, Ann-Kristin & Laamanen, Tomi
Language English
Subjects business studies
social sciences
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Date 1 August 2019
Publisher Academy of Management
Volume 1
Title of Book Academy of Management Proceedings
Event Title 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM)
Event Location Boston, MA (USA)
Event Dates 9. - 13.08.2019
ISBN 0065-0668
Publisher DOI 10.5465/AMBPP.2019.17770abstract
Official URL https://journals.aom.org/doi/10.5465/AMBPP.2019.17...
Depositing User Kata Julianna Isenring-Szabó
Date Deposited 28 Apr 2020 12:04
Last Modified 28 Apr 2020 12:09
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/260112


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Weiser, Ann-Kristin & Laamanen, Tomi: Tight or Loose – An Integrative Perspective on Organizational Structures of Renewal. 2019. - 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM). - Boston, MA (USA).


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