New Organizational Designs: Information Aspects (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - Business & Economics - 174 pages
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The organizational world today has been characterized in various terms - turmoil, chaos, the age of paradox and unreason. Common to all these characterizations is that the conventional wisdom fails in responding to novel challenges triggered by the pervasive and radical change of organizations. Information, knowledge, information worker and information technology are at the epicenter of these changes and surprises. This book explores new organizational designs, such as, the network and virtual organization from the information perspective. In addition, proposed is a model of the nontraditional organization in which information work evolves around teams that directly serve customers. This model was put on a test, and elements of the nontraditional organization were identified in firms that have been around for quite some time - the public accounting industry, and specifically its technologically most advanced segment. The book aims at transferring experience and facilitating interest for methods of organizing suitable for the information age.

  

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Contents

2 The Nontraditional Organization
23
3 Structural Aspects
41
4 Cultural Aspects
53
5 Political Aspects
65
6 Information Aspects
71
7 Information Technology
77
8 The Public Accounting Industry
91
9 The Role of Information Technology
105
10 Teamwork Beyond Lip Service
119
11 DeDifferentiation and DeTraditionalization
129
12 Uncertainty Ahead
137
References
145
About the Author
159
Author Index
161
Subject Index
167
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BOB TRAVICA studied journalism, communication, and information science in Europe and the United States.

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