New organizational forms, controls, and institutions: Understanding the tensions in 'post-bureaucratic' organizations

Maria Carmela Annosi*, Federica Brunetta

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This book highlights the growing number of 'post-bureaucratic' firms that are abandoning hierarchical organizational forms in favor of self-managing teams. Addressing the need to outperform, these new organization types foresee the benefits of an organic structure with new and more indirect forms of control, and aim to coordinate the activities of highly-skilled workers without relying on a bureaucratic superstructure. The chapters explore the tensions that exist between external and internal institutional forces. As new forms of control strategies emerge, mostly value-based, this book accounts for the cognitive categories, conventions, rules and logic that should be integrated and combined with traditional forms of managerial controls in order to enable co-existence with established bureaucratic frameworks. This book will be of interest to academics in the fields of organizational behavior and innovation management, and also practitioners and managers aiming to shift from a traditional hierarchical structure to post-bureaucratic forms.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages212
ISBN (Electronic)9783319547503
ISBN (Print)9783319547497
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2017

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