Organization design and firm heterogeneity

Towards an integrated research agenda for strategy

Florian Englmaier, Nicolai J. Foss, Thorbjørn Knudsen, Tobias Kretschmer

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Abstract

The authors argue that organization design needs to play a more active role in the explanation of differential performance and outline a set of ideas for achieving this both in theoretical and empirical research. Firms are heterogeneous in terms of (1) how well they do things, capturing persistent productivity differences, and (2) how they do things – and both reflect firms’ organization design choices. Both types of heterogeneity can be persistent, and are interdependent, although they have typically been studied separately. The authors propose a simple formal framework – the “aggregation function framework” – that aligns organization design thinking with the emphasis on performance heterogeneity among firms that is characteristic of the strategy field. This framework allows for a more precise identification of how exactly organization design may contribute to persistent performance differences, and therefore what exactly are the assumptions that strategy and organization design scholars need to be attentive to.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrganization Design
EditorsJohn Joseph, Oliver Baumann, Richard Burton, Kannan Srikanth
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Publication date2018
Pages229-252
ISBN (Print)978-1-78756-330-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78756-329-2, 978-1-78756-331-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
SeriesAdvances in Strategic Management
Volume40
ISSN0742-3322

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Research agenda
Firm heterogeneity
Integrated
Organization design
Empirical research
Productivity

Keywords

  • Aggregation function
  • Competitive heterogeneity
  • Design heterogeneity
  • Design inertia
  • Persistent performance differences
  • Strategic organization design

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Englmaier, F., Foss, N. J., Knudsen, T., & Kretschmer, T. (2018). Organization design and firm heterogeneity: Towards an integrated research agenda for strategy. In J. Joseph, O. Baumann, R. Burton, & K. Srikanth (Eds.), Organization Design (pp. 229-252). Emerald Group Publishing. Advances in Strategic Management, Vol.. 40 https://doi.org/10.1108/S0742-332220180000040008
Englmaier, Florian ; Foss, Nicolai J. ; Knudsen, Thorbjørn ; Kretschmer, Tobias. / Organization design and firm heterogeneity : Towards an integrated research agenda for strategy. Organization Design. editor / John Joseph ; Oliver Baumann ; Richard Burton ; Kannan Srikanth. Emerald Group Publishing, 2018. pp. 229-252 (Advances in Strategic Management, Vol. 40).
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Organization design and firm heterogeneity : Towards an integrated research agenda for strategy. / Englmaier, Florian; Foss, Nicolai J.; Knudsen, Thorbjørn; Kretschmer, Tobias.

Organization Design. ed. / John Joseph; Oliver Baumann; Richard Burton; Kannan Srikanth. Emerald Group Publishing, 2018. p. 229-252 (Advances in Strategic Management, Vol. 40).

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Englmaier F, Foss NJ, Knudsen T, Kretschmer T. Organization design and firm heterogeneity: Towards an integrated research agenda for strategy. In Joseph J, Baumann O, Burton R, Srikanth K, editors, Organization Design. Emerald Group Publishing. 2018. p. 229-252. (Advances in Strategic Management, Vol. 40). https://doi.org/10.1108/S0742-332220180000040008