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BAM2011 SUMPNER LECTURE THEATRE,WED 11:00-12:30
SYMPOSIUM ON LEARNING FROM THE ASTON STUDIES

Taking the structure seriously

“What I learned from the Aston studies was to take the structure seriously using a contingency approach. This is common when studying structure, but it is often ignored when studying organization change processes. I have looked at change and organizational development processes and developed a framework (The Pugh OD Matrix) for identifying appropriate change processes in relation to structural problems. The dimensions of the matrix are: level of analytical focus (individual, group, inter-group, organizational) and degree of required intervention (behaviour, structure, context). The matrix suggests what is the appropriate OD methodology for the particular change required.

Given that the impact of contextual factors (size, technology, ownership patterns, etc.) on organizational structure have been shown to be reasonably stable across countries, I have also tried to identify (with David Hickson) how societal cultural differences affect the functioning of organizational structures.” 

Pugh, Derek, Open University Business School

Derek is the co-author of Great Writers on Organizations

Peruse this book and the many others displayed by Gower at the British Academy of Management Conference 2011, stand number 9.

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