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Building traits for organizational resilience through balancing organizational structures
University of Skövde, School of Business. University of Skövde, Enterprises for the Future. (Medarbetarskap och Organisatorisk resiliens (FORE))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1989-2745
University of Gothenburg, Sweden / University of Trondheim, Norway.
University of Skövde, School of Business. University of Skövde, Enterprises for the Future. (Medarbetarskap och Organisatorisk resiliens (FORE))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8136-4233
University of Skövde, School of Business. University of Skövde, Enterprises for the Future. (Medarbetarskap och Organisatorisk resiliens (FORE))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9138-6759
2019 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 35, no 1, p. 36-45Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper describes and explains how balancing organizational structures can build traits for organizational resilience. Organizational resilience is a holistic and complex concept. In this paper, we move beyond focusing on sudden and disruptive events in favour of anticipating the unexpected in daily organizing. Organizational resilience is understood here as building traits of risk awareness, preference for cooperation, agility and improvisation and is analysed by means of a longitudinal qualitative case study. The paper contributes to the field by showing how balancing organizational structures can foster organizational resilience traits. We show that power distribution and normative control can create preparedness for unexpected events and foster action orientation at the same time as supporting organizational alignment. 

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Elsevier, 2019. Vol. 35, no 1, p. 36-45
Keywords [en]
balancing, decentralization, organizational resilience, organizational structure, risk awareness
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Business Administration
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Followership and Organizational Resilience
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-16593DOI: 10.1016/j.scaman.2019.01.001ISI: 000461263700004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85060316460OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-16593DiVA, id: diva2:1285275
Available from: 2019-02-04 Created: 2019-02-04 Last updated: 2019-04-23Bibliographically approved

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