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Balancing continuity and change through forms of organising

conference contribution
posted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by Fiona Graetz, Aaron Smith
Faced with increasing environmental complexity and uncertainty, organisations have been urged to replace traditional bureaucratic structures with more flexible, responsive forms of organising. However, the emerging paradox is that exploration and experimentation, features of new forms of organising, benefit from the planning, coordinating and direction-setting mechanisms that underpin traditional forms of organising. It is therefore important to recognise the distinctive and complementary features of traditional and new forms of organising. This demands a dualities-sensitive perspective which encourages, rather than tries to resolve, a constructive tension between seemingly contradictory organising forms such as flexibility and efficiency, autonomy and control, hierarchy and networks, focus and diversification. Managing continuity and change through forms of organising becomes central to building healthy organisations.

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Event

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. Conference (20th: 2006: Rockhampton, Qld.)

Publisher

ANZAM

Location

Rockhampton, Qld.

Place of publication

Lindfield, N.S.W.

Start date

2006-12-06

End date

2006-12-09

ISBN-13

9781921047343

ISBN-10

1921047348

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Editor/Contributor(s)

J Kennedy, L Di Milia

Title of proceedings

ANZAM 2006: Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management

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