1st Edition

Advancing Organizational Theory in a Complex World

Edited By Jane Qiu, Ben Luo, Chris Jackson, Karin Sanders Copyright 2017
    166 Pages
    by Routledge

    166 Pages
    by Routledge

    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

    8. Conclusion

    Lex Donaldson


    Jane XJ Qiu is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management at UNSW Australia Business School, Sydney, Australia.

    Ben Nanfeng Luo is an Assistant Professor in the School of Labor and Human Resources at Renmin University of China, Beijing, China.

    Chris Jackson is a Professor in the School of Management at UNSW Australia Business School, Sydney, Australia.

    Karin Sanders is the Head of School of Management and Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at UNSW Australia Business School, Sydney, Australia.