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Watercooler Chat, Organizational Structure and Corporate Culture

38 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2017  

Jonathan Newton

Independent

Andrew Wait

University of Sydney

Simon D. Angus

Monash Business School

Date Written: October 14, 2017

Abstract

Modeling firms as networks of employees, occasional collaborative decision making around the office watercooler changes long run employee behavior (corporate culture). The culture that emerges in a given team of employees depends on team size and on how the team is connected to the wider firm. The implications of the model for organizational design are explored and related to empirical research on communication, innovation, the size and decision making of teams and trends in the design of hierarchical structures.

Keywords: shared intentions, hierarchies, teams, delayering, networks

JEL Classification: C71, C72, C73, D23

Suggested Citation

Newton, Jonathan and Wait, Andrew and Angus, Simon D., Watercooler Chat, Organizational Structure and Corporate Culture (October 14, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3053174 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3053174

Jonathan Newton (Contact Author)

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Andrew Wait

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Simon D. Angus

Monash Business School ( email )

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Clayton, Victoria 3168
Australia

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