African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4094

Review

The response to the changing landscape of tomorrow: Reconfigurable organizations

Ivan Stefanović1*, Sloboda Prokić2 and Dragoljub Vukosavljević3
  1Information Technology School, Savski nasip 7, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia. 2Serbian Economic Centre, Brankova 30, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia. 3University Business Academy, Cvećarska 2, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 09 August 2011
  •  Published: 30 December 2011

Abstract

 

This paper presents a synthesis of different theoretical concepts and empirical surveys examining the nature of contemporary organizations that are able to survive and thrive in the long run within the conditions of discontinuous environment. It expands the model of reconfigurable organization presented by Galbraith et al. (2002) by providing in-depth understanding of its basic characteristics: Active leadership, knowledge management, learning, flexibility, integration, employee commitment and change readiness. These characteristics are presented as enablers for designing reconfigurable organizational structure, which is depicted in this paper. Reconfigurable organizations rest on the on-going redesign of its processes and structure by redeploying its resources in the manner that is most suitable for the current situation.

 

Key words: Organization, reconfigurability, environment, discontinuity.