In my research, I focus on the role of formal authority in organizational adaptation. In particular, I study deviations from a simple hierarchy, like organizations where managers report to two or more superiors or no superiors at all. The former group includes such forms as the matrix and project-based organizations – a type of hierarchy I collectively call “the multi-authority form”, while the latter group represents boss-less organizations. I use computational models and empirical investigations to uncover specific mechanisms that make these organizational forms effective, and the boundary conditions regarding their applications.
Billinger S, Workiewicz M. (alph.order). 2019. Fading hierarchies and the emergence of new forms of organization. Journal of Organization Design 8(1): 17.
Levinthal, DA. & Workiewicz M. (alph. order). 2018. When Two Bosses are Better Than One: Nearly Decomposable Systems and Organizational Adaptation. Organization Science 29(2): 207-224.
Dong J. & March JG. & Workiewicz M. (alph. order). 2017. On organizing: An interview with James G. March. Journal of Organization Design 6(14)
Burton RM. & Håkonsson DD. & Nickerson J. & Puranam P. & Workiewicz M. & Zenger T. (alph. order). 2017. GitHub: Exploring the Space Between Boss-less and Hierarchical Forms of Organizing. Journal of Organization Design 6(10)
Aggarwal, V. & Posen, H. & Workiewicz, M. (alph. order). 2017. Adaptive capacity to technological change: The microfoundational approach. Strategic Management Journal 38(6): 1212-1231.
Almeida Costa, A. & Workiewicz, M. & Szulanski, G. 2016. On the Foundations of Organizational Knowledge: Interview with Professor Sidney G. Winter. Journal of Management Inquiry 25(2): 223-231.
Aggarwal, V. & Posen, H. & Workiewicz, M. (alph. order) 2015. The origin of capabilities? A microfoundational theory of firm heterogeneity. In Best Papers Proceedings of the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada.
Research Work in Progress
“Project screening and resource allocation in boss-less firms?” (with Harshvardhan Ketkar, University of Michigan) – first round R&R at Strategic Management Journal
“The Implications of Having Multiple Principals on Subsidiary’s Performance Inside Business Groups” (with Metin Sengul, Boston College) – data analysis