Modern Firm: Organizational Design for Performance and Growth

Modern Firm: Organizational Design for Performance and Growth

by John Roberts
ISBN-10:
0198293763
ISBN-13:
9780198293767
Pub. Date:
04/28/2004
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA

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Modern Firm: Organizational Design for Performance and Growth

Business firms around the world are experimenting with new organizational designs, changing their formal architectures, their routines and processes, and their corporate cultures as they seek to improve their current performance and their growth prospects. In the process they are changing the scope of their business operations, redrawing their organization charts, redefining the allocation of decision-making authority and responsibility, revamping the mechanisms for motivating and rewarding people, reconsidering which activities to conduct in-house and which to out-source, redesigning their information systems, and seeking to alter the shared beliefs, values and norms that their people hold.
In this book, John Roberts argues that there are predictable, necessary relationships among these changes that will improve performance and growth. The organizations that are successful will establish patterns of fit among the elements of their organizational designs, their competitive strategies and the external environment in which they operate and will go about this in a holistic manner.

The Modern Firm develops powerful conceptual frameworks for analyzing the interrelations between organizational design features, competitive strategy and the business environment. Written in a non-technical language, the book is nevertheless based on rigorous modeling and draws on numerous examples from eighteenth century fur trading companies to such modern firms such as BP and Nokia. Finally the book explores why these developments are happening now, pointing to the increase in global competition and changes in technology.

Written by one of the world's leading economists and experts that will improve performance and growth. The organizations that are successful will establish patterns of fit among the elements of their organizational designs, their competitive strategies and the external environment in which they operate and will go about this in a holistic manner.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198293767
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/28/2004
Series: Clarendon Lectures in Management Studies Series
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Strategy and Organization
2. Key Concepts for Organizational Design
3. The Nature and Purpose of the Firm
4. Motivation in the Modern Firm
5. Organizing for Performance
6. Organizing for Growth and Innovation
Epilogue

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