The Microstructure of Organizations

The Microstructure of Organizations

by Phanish Puranam


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This book synthesizes a decade of research by the author into fundamental issues in organization design. The result is a novel micro-structural perspective on organizations, which aims to both expand and narrow current thinking.

The new perspective takes an expansive view on the kinds of phenomena that can be studied in terms of organization design- such as cross-functional teams, strategic partnerships, buyer-supplier relations, alliance networks, mega-projects, post-merger integration, business groups, open source communities, and crowdsourcing, besides traditional concerns with bureaucratic organizations. At the same time, this approach narrows focus by abstracting away from the variety and complexity of organizations to a few fundamental and universal problems of organizing (that relate to how they aggregate their members' efforts), as well as a few reusable building blocks - microstructures (which capture common patterns of interaction between members of an organization).

The microstructural approach to organizations will be of interest to researchers and PhD students in management, organization science, and strategy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199672370
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/20/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 899,625
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Phanish Puranam is Roland Berger Chair Professor of Strategy & Organization Design at INSEAD. He is also Academic Director of INSEAD's PhD programme. Phanish's research focuses on organization design and corporate strategy. He has published extensively in internationally reputed academic journals, and has served in senior editorial roles in such journals. His research has won international awards and competitive grants awarded across the social and natural sciences. Phanish obtained his PhD at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, and was on the faculty of London Business School till 2012.

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to the Micro-Structural Approach to Organization Design
2. Behavioral Foundations
3. Division of Labor
4. Integration of Effort
5. The Exercise of Authority
6. Hierarchies of Authority
7. Formal and Informal Organization
8. New forms of organizing
9. Methodology for Microstructures

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