Management and Function: A Research Agenda on the Next Key Factors in Business Research

46th Annual Atlantic Schools of Business Conference

17 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2016 Last revised: 25 Mar 2017

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Steffen Roth

La Rochelle Business School; University of Turku

Augusto Sales

KPMG Rio de Janeiro and Rennes School of Business

Jari Kaivo-Oja

Turku School of Economics & Business Administration

Date Written: October 21, 2016

Abstract

In this article, we draw on theories of social differentiation to show that functional differentiation is not about a division of work or organization, but rather about a multiplication of horizons for decision-making. We argue that a systematic management of functional differentiation makes organizations more creative and flexible. We corroborate this claim by demonstrations of how a functional approach to functional differentiation facilitates the design of new or the further development of established management tools and research agendas in fields such as entrepreneurship, strategy, and human resource management.

Keywords: Functional differentiation, social theory, management theory, strategy, entrepreneurship, human resource management

JEL Classification: M10, M12, M16

Suggested Citation

Roth, Steffen and Sales, Augusto and Kaivo-Oja, Jari, Management and Function: A Research Agenda on the Next Key Factors in Business Research (October 21, 2016). 46th Annual Atlantic Schools of Business Conference. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2845821

Steffen Roth (Contact Author)

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Augusto Sales

KPMG Rio de Janeiro and Rennes School of Business ( email )

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Jari Kaivo-Oja

Turku School of Economics & Business Administration ( email )

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