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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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Flexibility, The Hallmark of Postmodern Organization

Flexibility, The Hallmark of Postmodern Organization

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(p.30) 3 Flexibility, The Hallmark of Postmodern Organization
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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/9780198295952.003.0023

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

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