Fit between Organization Design and Organizational Routines

Journal of Organization Design, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2014

Tuck School of Business Working Paper No. 2489886

12 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2014

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Constance E. Helfat

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

Samina Karim

Northeastern University

Date Written: July 31, 2014

Abstract

Despite decades of research on both organization design and organizational routines, little research has analyzed the relationship between them. Here we propose a normative theory in which the effectiveness of organization design and redesign depends on the characteristics of routines. The analysis shows which types of organization designs may be useful as well as which design changes may or may not succeed depending on (a) the specificity of routines and (b) the dynamic versus static purposes of organizational routines.

Keywords: organizational structure, organizational modularity, structural embeddedness, ambidexterity, matrix structure

Suggested Citation

Helfat, Constance E. and Karim, Samina, Fit between Organization Design and Organizational Routines (July 31, 2014). Journal of Organization Design, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2014, Tuck School of Business Working Paper No. 2489886, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2489886

Constance E. Helfat (Contact Author)

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth ( email )

Hanover, NH 03755
United States

Samina Karim

Northeastern University ( email )

Boston, MA 02115
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.damore-mckim.northeastern.edu/faculty/k/karim-samina/

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