Organizational Innovation and Organizational Change

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Authors: J.T. Hage

Publication Year: 1999

Source: http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev.soc.25.1.597

Journal: Annual Review of Sociology

Volume: 25

Issue: 1

Categories: Crisis, Revolt, Innovation, Crisis, Revolt, Organizational Change, Crisis, Revolt


Abstract

Three ideas - a complex division of labor, an organic structure, and a high risk strategy-provoke consistent findings relative to organizational innovation. Of these three ideas, the complexity of the division of labor is most important because it taps the organizational learning, problem-solving, and creativity capacities of the organization.The importance of a complex division of labor has been underappreciated because of the various ways in which it has been measured, which in turn reflect the macroinstitutional arrangements of the educational system within a society. These ideas can be extended to the study of interorganizational relationships and the theories of organizational change. Integrating these theories would provide a general organizational theory of evolution within the context of knowledge societies.