New forms of organizing in Australia, 2000-2004

Graetz, Fiona, Graetz, Brian and Smith, Aaron 2005, New forms of organizing in Australia, 2000-2004, in APROS 11 2005 : Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies: 11th International Colloquium, Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organisation Studies, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 183-196.

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Title New forms of organizing in Australia, 2000-2004
Author(s) Graetz, Fiona
Graetz, Brian
Smith, Aaron
Conference name Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies. International Colloquium (11th : 2005 : Melbourne, Victoria)
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 4-7 December 2005
Title of proceedings APROS 11 2005 : Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies: 11th International Colloquium
Editor(s) Muetzelfeldt, Michael
Publication date 2005
Conference series Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organisation Studies Conference
Start page 183
End page 196
Publisher Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organisation Studies
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary This paper presents preliminary results from a survey of new forms of organizing in the highest grossing Australian owned companies. The Australian NewForms Survey draws on the groundbreaking Innovative Forms of Organizing (INNFORM) Survey conducted in Europe, USA and Japan in the late 1990s (Whittington, Pettigrew, Peck, Fenton, and Conyon 1999). The NewForms study seeks to identify emerging trends in forms of organizing within Australia’s largest companies and the extent to which the uptake of new forms of organizing signals a commensurate decrease in traditional forms. The analysis focuses on changes across three organizational dimensions: structures, processes and boundaries. The results suggest that for organizational structures there has been a significant shift from operational to strategic decentralization. For organizational processes, there have been substantial increases in both horizontal and vertical linkages and in the adoption of a range of new human resource practices. In relation to boundaries, alliances and partnerships have increased, signaling a greater focus on mainstream business activities and a move away from peripheral diversification. Overall, the prevalence of new forms of organizing has increased within Australian companies, but these new forms of organizing have emerged alongside traditional forms. This finding is consistent with research in other countries, and provides further evidence of complementarities between new and traditional forms of organizing.
ISBN 192116638X
Language eng
Field of Research 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2006
Copyright notice ©2005
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