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Business Trends and Tendencies in Organization Design and Work Design Practice: Identifying Cause-and-Effect Relationships


  • Hernaus Tomislav

    (Faculty of Economics and Business Trg J. F. Kennedyja 6, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia)


Current global business environment has a strong impact on theory and practice of organizations, as well as on working behavior of their employees. Increased complexity and competitiveness is changing settled ways of organizing and working. The ultimate search for the holy grail of achieving organizational effectiveness through better design solutions is gaining momentum. There are many possible areas and means for improvement. Great opportunities emerge from better understanding of contemporary organization and work environment. To seize them, the link between organization design and work design tendencies will be emphasized. Through an in-depth theoretical research on current business trends and their impact on the changing nature of work in organizations, potentially very strong patterns between these two different environmental categories and levels of analysis will be identified. Our extensive analysis of current trends and tendencies in organization design and work design field will provide useful insights for business practitioners and researchers.

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  • Hernaus Tomislav, 2011. "Business Trends and Tendencies in Organization Design and Work Design Practice: Identifying Cause-and-Effect Relationships," Business Systems Research, Sciendo, vol. 2(1), pages 4-16, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bit:bsrysr:v:2:y:2011:i:1:p:4-16

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    1. Salkić Ismet & Bošnjović Jasna, 2013. "Process Management in Public Management of a Transition Country: Case Study of Bosnia and Herzegovina," Business Systems Research, Sciendo, vol. 4(2), pages 38-57, December.
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    4. Tomislav Hernaus & Ana Aleksic & Maja Klindzic, 2013. "Organizing for Competitiveness – Structural and Process Characteristics of Organizational Design," Contemporary Economics, University of Economics and Human Sciences in Warsaw., vol. 7(4), December.
    5. Marjana Merkac Skok & Jovana Zoroja & Mirjana Pejic Bach, 2013. "Simulation Modelling Approach to Human Resources Management: Burnout Effect Case Study," Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems - scientific journal, Croatian Interdisciplinary Society Provider Homepage:, vol. 11(3), pages 277-288.

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    business trends; organization design; work design; systems approach;

    JEL classification:

    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General
    • L20 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - General
    • L21 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Business Objectives of the Firm


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