Design, Perception and Behavior in the Innovation Era: Revisiting the Concept of Interdependence
Abdelghani Es-Sajjade () and
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Abdelghani Es-Sajjade: University of Dammam
Terry Wilkins: University of Dammam
Journal of Organization Design, 2017, vol. 6, issue 1, 1-12
Abstract The innovation era has seen firms adopting a variety of organization designs with autonomous teams as their basic building blocks. Such organization designs have confronted firms with the challenge of managing complex task interdependence configurations. The predominant assumption within the organization design field for decades has been that task interdependence given by design would determine team behavior. We argue on theoretical grounds that research on interdependence should revisit the relationship between design and behavior. More specifically, we suggest social interdependence theory as a valuable complementary theoretical lens for examining the subtleties of how design shapes behavior and how behavior in turn may influence design. At the end of our discussion, we propose the implications for research and practice and present several research opportunities which are expected to further contribute to a better understanding of the strategic organization of innovation-led firms.
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