Organization Design: The Epistemic Interdependence Perspective

Academy of Management Review, Forthcoming

53 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2009 Last revised: 18 Sep 2011

Phanish Puranam

INSEAD

Marlo Raveendran

University of California, Riverside

Thorbjorn Knudsen

University of Southern Denmark - Department of Marketing & Management - Strategic Organization Design Unit (SOD)

Date Written: December 17, 2010

Abstract

We develop a novel analytical framework to study epistemic interdependence between agents and the resulting need for predictive knowledge as a basis for understanding information processing requirements in organizations, and the implications for organization design. These two new constructs help to sharply distinguish interdependence between tasks and between agents, and highlight why even interdependence between agents need not imply any need for information processing between them. They also help to refine key ideas about organization design.

Keywords: Organization Design, Epistemic Interdependence, Information Processing, Coordination

Suggested Citation

Puranam, Phanish and Raveendran, Marlo and Knudsen, Thorbjorn, Organization Design: The Epistemic Interdependence Perspective (December 17, 2010). Academy of Management Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1394459

Phanish Puranam

INSEAD ( email )

1 Ayer Rajah Avenue
Singapore, 138676
Singapore

HOME PAGE: http://www.insead.edu/facultyresearch/faculty/profiles/ppuranam/

Marlo Raveendran (Contact Author)

University of California, Riverside ( email )

United States

Thorbjorn Knudsen

University of Southern Denmark - Department of Marketing & Management - Strategic Organization Design Unit (SOD) ( email )

Faculty of Social Sciences
Campusvej 55
DK-5230 Odense
Denmark

HOME PAGE: http://www.sdu.dk/sod

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