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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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Discovering Flexible Corporations of the Future: Managerial and Theoretical Implications

Discovering Flexible Corporations of the Future: Managerial and Theoretical Implications

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(p.263) 10 Discovering Flexible Corporations of the Future: Managerial and Theoretical Implications
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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/9780198295952.003.0117

Experimentations with new and different types of flexible organizational forms have emerged from competitive forces that have become increasingly changing. While some companies and managers have attempted several organizational experiments even without guidance from research, others have been emulating successful organizational forms without fully understanding the implications of the changing competitive forces. The need therefore arises to establish a theoretical framework for understanding and managing the future flexible forms. In this concluding chapter, we look into both the theoretical and managerial implications of the typology and strategic framework constructed and identified in this book through analysing how our discoveries are based on observations, and realizing that the logic of discovery is not to be perceived as something as comprehensive as reality.

Keywords:   experimentation, theoretical framework, typology, strategic framework, logic of discovery, organizational forms

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