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Organizational dynamics: culture, design, and performance

Besley, Timothy and Persson, Torsten (2022) Organizational dynamics: culture, design, and performance. Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization. ISSN 8756-6222

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Identification Number: 10.1093/jleo/ewac020


We examine the two-way interplay between organizational cultures and organizational design, where culture is modeled as the prevailing social identities among workplace groups that can affect project choices. In a setting where cultural dynamics depend on the expected relative payoffs of holding different identities, we investigate how tribalism and charismatic leadership shape organizational dynamics and steady-state cultures. We show how a strong culture can be a virtue when it permits greater delegated authority, but a vice when the culture is poorly aligned with organizational objectives. We apply our analysis to concrete debates about the interaction of design, performance, and culture.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
JEL classification: L - Industrial Organization > L2 - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior > L23 - Organization of Production
M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting > M1 - Business Administration > M14 - Corporate Culture; Social Responsibility
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2022 09:24
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 17:20

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