The below book extract contributes to the volume 'Configurational Theory
and Methods in Organisational Research' Research in the Sociology of
Organisations. This chapter focuses on the conceptual and methodological
contributions of a configurational approach to organisation design.
Although much work in configurational analysis (CA) has been descriptive, the
way in which organisational forms are described in configurational analysis is
conducive to contributing significantly to a (much called for) renewal of
organisation design (OD).
To distinguish and develop these implications of configurational analycis, the
chapter revisits the configurational elements already present in classic
approaches to organisation design, especially in structural contingency theory
(SCT) and in more recent and economic approaches such as transaction cost
economics (TCE) and complementarity-based approaches.
This excursus leads to disclosing greater continuity and knowledge accumulation
with respect to earlier organisation theory than formerly acknowledged.
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