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Building the Flexible FirmHow to Remain Competitive$
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Henk W. Volberda

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295952

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198295952.001.0001

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Grasping The Paradox of Flexibility: A Multidimensional Concept

Grasping The Paradox of Flexibility: A Multidimensional Concept

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(p.81) 4 Grasping The Paradox of Flexibility: A Multidimensional Concept
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Building the Flexible Firm
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Henk W. Volberda

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198295952.003.0035

The various theoretical perspectives and their corresponding contributions to our understanding of organizational flexibility have been able to offer relevant insights regarding flexibility's paradoxical nature, the different types of flexibility, as well as the different approaches for taking on the said paradox. These insights enable us to judge the value of flexibility's existing definitions. In this chapter, we provide a comparison of the integrated definitions of organizational flexibility while also looking into the differences and similarities between definitions. We also attempt to examine an organization's controllability as well as the management's corresponding control capacity.

Keywords:   flexibility definitions, paradox, organizational flexibility, controllability, control capacity

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