New organizational forms: towards a generative dialogue

Ian Palmer, Jodie Benveniste, Richard Dunford

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The concept of ‘new organizational forms’ has been with us for over 20 years, but little attention has been given to the diverse assumptions underlying various researchers’ use of this term. We identify five areas where different assumptions are in use, underpinned by a variety of theoretical perspectives. We urge scholars to engage in a generative dialogue about new organizational forms across theoretical perspectives. The aim of a generative dialogue is to identify where areas of agreement about new organizational forms can be achieved and where differences can be accepted and respected.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1829-1847
Number of pages19
JournalOrganization Studies
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • new organizational forms
  • generative dialogue
  • knowledge


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