In more recent times, the essence of the gatekeeper's role has moved to the 'boundary spanner' - a systems thinker who understands the specific needs and interests of the organization and whose greatest asset is their ability to move across and through the formal and informal features of the modern organization.
There are many types of boundaries associated with an organization, for example, horizontal, (function and expertise), vertical (status, hierarchy), geographic, demographic, and stakeholder. Boundaries are "the defining characteristic of organizations and, boundary roles are the link between the environment and the organization" (Aldrich & Herker, 1977) with functions crucial to the effectiveness and success of the organization.
Despite being a critical success factor for an organization, beginning in the 1970s, the term - 'boundary spanning' has had an intermittent research history: there has been no systematic body of research that has evolved over time. This book aims to invigorate, excite, and expand the literature on boundary spanning in a diverse range of disciplines such as sociology, organizational psychology, management, medicine, defence, health, social work, and community services. The book serves as the first collection of reviews on boundary spanning in organizations.
Part 1. Individuals and Concepts 1. Boundary Crossings of Out-of-Field Teachers: Locating Learning Possibilities amid Disruption Linda Hobbs 2. Boundary Objects in Boundary Spanning Jacob D Vakkayil 3. From Individual to Collective Boundary Spanning: Knowledge Outcomes from Recombinative Actions Preeta M. Banerjee and Rafael A. Corredoira Part 2. Groups and Teams 4. Framing Wicked Problems in Enterprise-System Innovation Project Groups Susan Gasson 5. Towards a Conceptualization of Inter-Team Boundary Activities: Identifying Intra- and Inter-Team Contextual Facilitators Anit Somech and Anat Drach-Zahavy 6. Difficulties in Organizing Boundary Spanning Activities of Inter- Organizational Teams Thomas Stephen Calvard 7. Boundary Spanning to Address Indigenous Disadvantage in Australia Fiona Buick 8. Conspiring for the ‘Common Good’: Collusion and Spanning Boundaries in Organizations Janice Langan-Fox, Sharon Grant, and Vikas Anand Part 3. Management 9. The Complexities of School Leadership: Many Boundaries to Cross Philip Riley 10. Boundary Spanning Leadership in an Interdependent World Charles J. Palus, Donna L. Chrobot-Mason, and Kristin L. Cullen 11. Boundary Spanning as enacted in Three Organizational Functions: New Venture Management, Project Management, and Product Management David Wilemon Part 4. Organizations 12. Trusting across Boundaries Frens Kroeger and Reinhard Bachmann 13. A Field-of-Practice view of Boundary Spanning in and across Organizations: Transactive and Transformative Boundary Spanning Practices Natalia Levina and Emmanuelle Vaast 14. Hospital Culture and Infection Control: Acceptance, Compliance and Complications across Boundaries Peter N. Rosenweg and Janice Langan-Fox 15. The Role of Organizational Controls and Boundary Spanning in Software Development Outsourcing: Implications for Project Performance Anandasivam Gopal and Sanjay Gosain
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.