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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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The Organization Design Task: Reducing Organizational Barriers

The Organization Design Task: Reducing Organizational Barriers

(p.122) 6 The Organization Design Task: Reducing Organizational Barriers
Building the Flexible Firm

Henk W. Volberda

Oxford University Press

The management challenge of flexibility may be observed through looking into the managerial repertoire of flexible capabilities. Since increasing the speed and variety of managerial capabilities proves to be a challenging goal, the firm will not be able to fully utilize its flexible capabilities without an appropriate organizational design. We thus examine flexibility's organization design challenge through identifying the organizational conditions that are necessary for utilizing the flexibility mix. Since the potential for flexibility is determined by the existing organization design, there is a need to determine whether redesigning the organizational conditions is required. The focus of this chapter is thus rooted on examining the organizational barriers to flexibility.

Keywords:   flexible capabilities, management challenge, organizational barriers, flexibility mix, organization design, organizational conditions

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