How do firms cope with changing environments? Is flexibility really the solution? How can we measure a firm's flexibility? Can a more flexible firm be created? Based on an Igor Ansoff Award-winning study and now available for the first time in paperback, Henk Volberda's Building the Flexible Firm shows how flexibility has become the new strategic challenge for contemporary firms. Although traditional organizational forms
have worked well in the relatively stable environments of the past, the globalization of markets, rapid technological change, shortening product life cycles, and increasing aggressiveness of competitors have radically
altered the ground rules for competing in the 1990s and beyond. Increased competition forces firms to move more quickly and boldly than before, and to experiment in ways that do not conform to traditional administrative theory. This book offers a wealth of insights into the way firms can increase their flexibility. It is based on extensive interviews with practitioners and supported by many longitudinal case studies on flexibility improvement within large corporations.
The author provides a strategic framework which explains what types of flexibility are effective under different organizational conditions and environmental characteristics. He also demonstrates an
integrated method for diagnosing a firm's flexibility and for guiding the transition to greater flexibility and responsiveness.
`a 'must read' for students and scholars in Strategic Management who desire a comprehensive review and synthesis of the extant literature on organizational flexibility and adaptivity'
`an important addition to our overall understanding of flexibility'
Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Vol.13, No.1,
2: A Revision of Management and Organization
3: Flexibibity, the Hallmark of Postmodern Organization
4: Grasping the Paradox of Flexibility
5: The Managerial Task: Creating Flexible Capabilities
6: The Organization Design Task: Reducing Organizational Barriers
7: Resolving the Paradox: Flexibility under Various Levels of Competition
8: Towards the Flexible Form
9: How to Improve the Firm's Flexibility: Tools and Techniques
10: Discovering Flexible Corporations of the Future: Managerial and Theoretical Implications