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.
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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.
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