Call for Papers
In good times and bad, firms regularly reshape themselves. Firms may re-align organization structure with strategy
and changed external circumstances (Gulati & Puranam, 2009), intervene to stimulate specific activities (Okhuysen &
Eisenhardt, 2002), or downsize during challenging times (Dougherty & Bowman, 1995).
While firms often
reshape during growth, mature firms also frequently re-shape. Strategy and organization design issues are increasingly intertwined,
particularly where they involve key activities such as innovation (Gandolfi & Oster, 2010). While reshaping firms (e.g.,
changing structure or size) is both important and frequent, it is also relatively understudied. Moreover, extant research
(e.g., on downsizing) typically focuses on traditional outcomes (e.g., profits) with less emphasis on such things as collaboration,
knowledge creation and innovation at the individual or team levels.
This sub-theme brings together research on
antecedents, processes and consequences associated with organizational reshaping. We welcome diverse theoretical and methodological
approaches targeting single or multiple organizational levels.
Dougherty, Deborah &
Edward H. Bowman (1995): 'The Effects of Organizational Downsizing on Product Innovation.' California Management Review,
37 (4), pp. 28–44.
Gandolfi, Franco & Gary Oster (2010): 'How does downsizing impact the innovative capability
of a firm? A contemporary discussion with conceptual frameworks.' International Journal of Innovation and Learning,
8 (2), pp. 127–148.
Gulati, Ranjay & Phanish Puranam (2009): 'Renewal Through Reorganization: The Value of Inconsistencies
Between Formal and Informal Organization.' Organization Science, 20 (2), pp. 422–440.
A. & Kathleen M. Eisenhardt (2002): 'Integrating Knowledge in Groups: How Formal Interventions Enable Flexibility.' Organization
Science, 13 (4), pp. 370–386.
Rick Aalbers is Assistant Professor in Strategy and Innovation at the Radboud University, Institute for Management Research, The Netherlands,
and holds a PHD in Business and Economics from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. His research focuses on inter-
and intra- organizational collaboration and the effects of corporate downsizing and organizational restructuring on innovativeness
and other corporate performance indicators. His work has been accepted for publication in various journals, including 'Research
Policy', 'Journal of Product Innovation Management', 'MIT Sloan Management Review' and 'Innovation Management Policy & Practice'.
Prior to his academic career, Rick worked as a Manager at Deloitte Consulting where he advised on strategic change and turnarounds
in the financial services industry. A native of The Netherlands, he holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from
Rotterdam School of Management, an a second Masters degree in Business Economics (cum laude) from Erasmus University's School
James P. Guthrie (PhD, University of Maryland) is the William & Judy Docking Professor at the University of Kansas, School of Business, USA.
His current research looks at employment volatility (e.g., downsizing), compensation and rewards and, more generally, strategic
human resource management. His work has appeared in journals such as 'Organization Science', 'Journal of Management', 'Academy
of Management Journal', 'Academy of Management Review', 'Strategic Management Journal', 'Human Resource Management' and the
'Journal of Applied Psychology.' He is currently on the Editorial Boards of the 'Academy of Management Journal', the 'Journal
of International Business Studies', 'Human Resource Management', 'Human Resource Management Journal' (UK), 'Oxford Research
Reviews: Business and Management' and the 'Irish Journal of Management'.
Wilfred Dolfsma is both an economist and philosopher and holds a PhD in the former. He is Professor of Innovation and Strategy at the University
of Groningen School of Economics and Business, The Netherlands, and professorial fellow at United Nations University (UNU-MERIT).
He was research fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies and is corresponding editor for the 'Review of Social
Economy' and associate editor for 'Innovation: Management Policy Practice'. His research interests are the interrelations
between economy, society and technology. He has co-edited, amongst others, "MNCs from Emerging Economies" (2009), "The Elgar
Companion to Social Economics" (2008), "Understanding the Dynamics of the Knowledge Economy" (2006), "Ethics and the Market"
(2006), and is author of these monographs:"Institutions, Communication and Values" (2009), "Knowledge Economies" (2008), "Institutional
Economics and the Formation of Preferences" (2004), and "Government Failure" (2013). His articles have featured in, amongst
others, the 'Journal of Evolutionary Economics', 'Journal of Economic and Social Geography', 'Journal of Business Ethics',
'The Information Society', 'Journal of Product Innovation Management', 'Technology Analysis and Strategic Management', 'Technological
Forecasting' and 'Social Change and Research Policy'.