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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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Towards the Flexible Form

Towards the Flexible Form

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Building the Flexible Firm

Henk W. Volberda

Oxford University Press

Significant changes that redefine the competitive environment have driven various organizations to re-examine their organization designs and flexible capabilities. Since an ideal flexible form has yet to be determined and described, managers in contemporary firms have proceeded with different organizational experiments even without models or theories. However, firms in today's hypercompetitive environments have continued to develop and identify new advantages that result in a temporary disequilibrium. New organizational forms are needed so that opportunities may be explored and utilized effectively, strategic focus must be easily changed, and values and norms have to be considered. From the framework illustrated in the previous chapter, we identify three optimal organizational forms that link the competitive environments with effective organization designs and flexibility types.

Keywords:   flexible form, competitive environments, flexibility types, organization design, organizational forms

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