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Shaping communities of work, an organisational development approach

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Schoemaker, Michiel

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Abstract "In order to survive in a turbulent environment many organisations have to operate as an open system. This open system often has the configuration of a network. This networked organisation acts as a community of work. This community of work is based upon a specific organisational identity. The central question addressed by this article is: How can organisation development function in the process of developing communities of work and what is the role of the change agent? The rise of new organisational forms is described. The importance of the concept of communities of work and organisational identity is shown. Thereupon the insights from 25 cases in shaping communities of work from a perspective of organisational development are presented. Special attention is paid to the role of the change agent." (author's abstract)
Keywords organizational development; type of organization; network; labor; work organization
Classification Organizational Sociology
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 243-263
Journal International Journal of Action Research, 2 (2006) 2
ISSN 1861-1303
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications