Towards a geocentric framework of organizational form: A holistic, dynamic and paradoxical approach

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Abstract

Despite its increasing importance to the research and practice of organizational management, there is no consensus on how to describe, explain and prescribe network as an organizational form. Based upon the evidence of the Chinese network form within its institutional and cultural contexts, this paper seeks to make three contributions. First, it describes network as a unique form, different from other organizational forms and thus needing a new perspective. Second, it explains network form from a holistic, dynamic and paradoxical perspective by synthesizing economic, social and psychological rationalities. Third, it prescribes the ideal-typical network form by offering a geocentric framework of organizational form which is neither culture-blind (under-embedded) nor culture-bounded (over-embedded).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)829-861
Number of pages33
JournalOrganization Studies
Volume19
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Comparative approach
  • Epistemology
  • Network
  • Organizational form

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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