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
Date Written: October 21, 2016
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
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