The interaction between adaptive capacity and organisational structure
by M. van Zeelt, B. Scheer, D.S. Hansen, and D. de Ruiter
This paper draws on adaptive capacity and organisational structure literature to show that a gap exists in the integration of the two in relation to how companies succeed in surviving external pressure and change. In continuation, it is hypothesised that a deﬁning characteristic of successful companies is their ability to let their internal structure react to external pressure, with "external pressure" typiﬁed by the diﬀerent phases of the adaptive cycle. A comparative literature review of the overlap between the characteristics of adaptive capacity and the elements of a robust organisational structure, combined with two case studies of IT-companies, provide insights supporting the hypothesis. The paper closes with the recommendation for further research in the extend to which the elements of the organisational structure change withing this cycle and especially how these changes can than be predicted.