Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Building the Flexible FirmHow to Remain Competitive$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 14 July 2020

Flexibility, The Hallmark of Postmodern Organization

Flexibility, The Hallmark of Postmodern Organization

(p.30) 3 Flexibility, The Hallmark of Postmodern Organization
Building the Flexible Firm

Henk W. Volberda

Oxford University Press

As competitive change appears to be accelerating, it is important that we adopt a postmodern management perspective so that we can appropriately address the opportunities and needs of an organization to achieve flexibility. Several corporations who have yet to shift from the classical and modern perspectives of management have faced several problems since they cannot easily adapt to competitive changes. As such, practitioners and managers believe that flexibility represents the hallmark for organizational excellence. In this chapter, we attempt to look into some of the recent developments in organization theories that would further our understanding of flexibility and, more generally, the postmodern management perspective. We particularly focus on organizational flexibility in contingency theories, organizational learning theories, and management theories, while also looking into various theories on entrepreneurship and innovation.

Keywords:   competitive change, flexibility, contingency, organizational learning, postmodern management, innovation, entrepreneurship

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .