The idea of partial organization has not been fully explored. Relatively little attention has been paid to organization within organizations or to the possibility of partial de-organization. We explore this possibility in the context of business firms for which innovation and strategic renewal are imperatives. The firm’s top management created conditions for autonomous action in the form of a dedicated internal development program for strategic renewal. Thus, it attempted to partially deconstruct its organizational hierarchy and other elements of its decided order. Employees from all over the organization were invited to participate in the program and to present proposals for new strategic initiatives. The contribution of the paper is in the introduction of the concept of partial de-organizing and in the argument that partial organization is also observable within, and not just without, the boundaries of formal organizations.
|Title of host publication||Organization outside organizations|
|Subtitle of host publication||The abundance of partial organization in social life|
|Editors||Göran Ahrne, Nils Brunsson|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Number of pages||31|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|