A note on defining organisational systems for contingency theory in OM

R. Romero Silva, Javier Santos, Margarita Hurtado

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This paper aims to improve the applicability and relevance of contingency theory research in the field of Operations Management. Based on the results of previous studies, we have identified a systems-based single definition of organisation types that could describe the fit between organisational environment and organisational structure. This definition of organisation type, which we call an ‘organisational system’, regards the organisation as an integrated whole instead of as a sum of its parts and can help to better classify organisations in order to identify fits between organisation types and emerging practices in Operations Management
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1343-1348
Number of pages6
JournalProduction Planning & Control
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Bibliographical note

Issue 16: Rethinking Research Methods in Operations and Supply Chain Management


  • Contextual factors
  • Contingency theory
  • Fit
  • organisational environments
  • organisational structures


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