Partial de-organization for innovation and renewal

Frank den Hond, Kati Järvi, Liisa Välikangas

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrganization outside organizations
Subtitle of host publicationThe abundance of partial organization in social life
EditorsGöran Ahrne, Nils Brunsson
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9781108604994
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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From Part 5 - The Partial Organization of Formal Organizations


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