Professor of Strategy
Organizational Adaptation; Organizational Learning; Interdependence; Corporate Governance; Value Creation, Strategy and Implementation Organizational Design; Integrator;
Journal Article | Strategic Management Journal | 38 | May 2017
Organizational Adaptation to Interdependence Shifts: The Role of Integrator Structures
The authors investigate how organizational adaptation to interdependence shifts is influenced by “integrators”. These are formally mandated managerial roles meant to promote coordination across specialized but interdependent organizational sub-units, yet they do so without relying on formal authority.While much has been learned about how integrators promote steady state coordination within a known pattern of interdependence, less is known about their impact on organizational adaptation when the pattern of interdependence itself is unknown.The authors discuss mechanisms by which integrators may nonetheless aid organizational adaptation and learning processes in such situations, and test our hypotheses in the context of a regulatory change that affected the IVF clinics sector in the UK using a differences-in-differences design.