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New Organizational Configurations?
LOPE, Member
Are there any new organizational configurations? Which?

New Organizational Configuration: The Virtual Organization
Farah Mneimneh
Actually in his more recent book (The Strategy Process, 2003), Mintzberg et al. include an excerpt by Herber et al. (the design of new organizational form) defined by unique configurations, e.g. the "virtual organization" in which employees, suppliers, and customers are geographically dispersed but united by technology...

New Organisation Configurations
Y. S. Ganesh
Good article about configuration. It has incorporated retrospective (classical) thinkers view as well as prospective thinkers views. Henry Mintzberg's analysis is direct & simple to understand for organisation theory & structure researchers. Recently firms are also using project/ matrix structure (adhocracy /innovative structures which is potential area for research. I feel the classical principles of organisation need to be aligned with new principles considering latest structures that have been used in operating organisations. Developing modern organisation principles is a potential area for research.

Building Upon Mintzberg
Tim Dolan, Member
By using Mintzberg's well-articulated descriptions of Adhocratic structure and processes, we can see newer forms emerge closely related to his model, but with even more streamlined administrative cores.
The best examples of this trend are seen in the performing arts which draw upon a large pool of talent from musicians, actors, singers, writers, and specialized production workers. The line between old and new media is largely one that can be identified by the relative size of their respective administrative cores. Now comes a blend of web technology, charisma and collective vision in the form of "smart mobs" in which the administrative core is reduced to a visionary, a hard-drive, and web access with even the possession of a hard-drive becoming superfluous with the rise of cloud computing.
Our ability to access best practices in almost any organized endeavor is a another key factor in the shrinking of the administrative core.


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