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The Performance of Different Organisations under Different Marked Conditions: - An Empirical Analysis of the Organisational Structure and Performance of 1900 Danish Firms

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Among some scholars of management, organisation and also economists as well as policymakers it is argued that certain new forms of firm organisation such as flexible and learningorganisations increasingly are becoming “best practice”, in an increasingly learning and globaleconomy. On a policy level, in eg. Denmark and OECD, questions are already asked as to howpolicies should be set up to stimulate such organisational forms. A crucial aspect that isrecognised by some scholars, is that it is in certain competitive structures where flexible andlearning organisations are well suited, though tends to be overlooked within the debate. Theanalysis in this paper applies performance data from Statistics Denmark merged with surveydata of organisational forms, management, work practices and employee skills collected througha questionnaire in 1900 Danish firms in manufacturing as well as services. Applying regressionanalyses we show that the flexible or learning organisational forms in some parts of theeconomy, characterised by innovation turbulence and cumulativeness, are best performersthough not in general. We argue that a quantitative analysis as ours is vital to both avoididiosyncratic generalisations among scholars as well as policy makers, and to give rigid andmore detailed implications for policy regarding firm organisation, both at present and in adynamic setting.

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Frank Skov Kristensen

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eng

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http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8111

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