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Organizational flexibility as a challenge of contemporary management. Determinants and methods of measurement

Piotr Buła, Bernard Ziębicki
Acta Commercii | Vol 11, No 1 | a159 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ac.v11i1.159 | © 2011 Piotr Buła, Bernard Ziębicki | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 December 2011 | Published: 06 December 2011

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Piotr Buła, Department of International Management, Cracow University of Economics, Poland
Bernard Ziębicki, Department of Methods of Organisation and Management ,Cracow University of Economics., Poland

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper has been aimed at defining contemporary management flexibility determinants and the methods of its measurement.

Problem investigated: This paper presents an analysis of organizational flexibility determinants related to the contemporary concepts and challenges within the area of management. The discussion includes two types of measurement of organizational flexibility based on declarative tests and quantitative criteria. The described methods are subject to evaluation. The paper also presents authors' own proposal for determinants classification, organizational flexibility assessment and an exemplary application.

Methodology: The paper has been based on the results of research on organizational flexibility conducted by the Department of Business Studies Aalborg University (Denmark) and Wrocław University of Economics (Poland).

Conclusion: Organizational flexibility constitutes one of the major challenges of contemporary management. This issue has already been extensively discussed, however, despite numerous publications and relevant research projects many issues still need to be resolved. One of them is organizational flexibility measurement. In the first place, it needs a description of flexibility determinants relevant to a certain organization. There are no objective methods that would allow a description of the set of determinants since they are dependent on organization's special features and individually set objectives. In addition, it should be noted that those factors are subject to change, in line with the development of theory and concepts of management. The very flexibility measurement requires simultaneous application of various methods of factor analysis and polling stakeholder opinions.


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