Creating Spatial Organizations
AbstractThis paper addresses the spatial design of modern organizations in the context of a fundamental change which is currently taking place in the way companies view their organizations and the inherent performance expectations, requirements and results underlying these. This change involves a managerial shift in perspective from the commonly adopted resource-based view of the firm, towards the knowledge based view of the firm. This paper follows the notion that company performance from a knowledge-based perspective benefits more from new ways of organizing, than from new ways of managing. A different type of organizations is introduced - that of the spatial organization - in which traditional one size fits all organizational ‘structures’ are replaced by ‘spatial arrangements’ which aim to connect people, knowledge and technology in a mentally fitting –natural- way. A number of core spatial organizational forms are presented and discussed (modular, circular, cellular, constellar). This paper encompasses part two of a series of Nyenrode research papers on spatial organizations, of which part one describes the theoretical foundations underlying their emergence.
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Knowledge Economy; Knowledge Based View of the Firm; Spatial Arrangements; Organizational Design; Spatial Organizations;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2009-07-03 (All new papers)
- NEP-CSE-2009-07-03 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-GEO-2009-07-03 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-KNM-2009-07-03 (Knowledge Management & Knowledge Economy)
- NEP-URE-2009-07-03 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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