While research in organisational studies has become increasingly rich and complex, organisation researchers are constantly challenged by the growing quest for theoretical advancement and innovation. To conduct theoretically rigorous and innovative research, contemporary researchers and students must develop in-depth understanding of the theoretical traditions and future prospects of their discipline. This book provides a collection of cutting-edge research topics in the field of organisation and management and offers advanced research findings that explore the frontiers of the field.
Advancing Organisational Theory in a Complex World aims to provide deep insights into many influential organisational theories, including, contingency theory, institutional theory, stewardship theory, population ecology theory, ambidexterity, and complexity theory. All these theories have been developed to explain the external and internal factors that influence organisational survival and evolvement. We focus on these theories because they represent some of the most important ways into the modern literature, counter-points to the modern literature, and a breath of fresh air to some theories which should be better known. This book shows the fruitfulness and the continuous vitality of the theoretical field of organisational studies in a critical and innovative way.
Finally, this book is dedicated to Professor Lex Donaldson who is a thought leader in the field. The field owed this to Lex, for his lifelong dedication to organisational studies and for his creation and advancement of theories that have inspired several generations of researchers.
1. Contingency Theory, Dynamic Fit, and Contracts
Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel, and Dorthe Håkonsson
2. Structural Adaptation to Regain Fit: Multiple Misfits and Structural Complexity
Peter Klaas and Jørgen T. Lauridsen
3. Fit of Structure to Multiple Contingencies: Equifinality versus the Contingency Imperative
Ben Nanfeng Luo, Lex Donaldson, and Kangkang Yu
4. Getting Started with Ambidexterity
Andrew Binns and Michael Tushman
5. The MNC Matrix as Only a Partial Multiple Hierarchy: The Limited Advantage of the Matrix
Jane XJ Qiu and Lex Donaldson
6. Building Higher-level Contingency Theory to Reconcile Contradictions Between Lower-level Theories
William Egelhoff and Joachim Wolf
7. ‘Managers to the Rescue!’: Evaluating the Legacy of Stewardship Theory from an Institutional Perspective
Jaco Lok, Hokyu Hwang, and Markus A. Höllerer
Management, Organizations and Society represents innovative work grounded in new realities; addressing issues crucial to an understanding of the contemporary world. This is the world of organized societies, where boundaries between formal and informal, public and private, local and global organizations have been displaced or vanished along with other nineteenth century dichotomies and oppositions. Management, apart from becoming a specialised profession for a growing number of people, is an everyday activity for most members of modern societies. Management, Organizations and Society will address these contemporary dynamics of transformation in a manner that transcends disciplinary boundaries, with work which will appeal to researchers, students and practitioners alike.