Organizing in the knowledge age: Anticipating the cellular form

Raymond E. Miles*, Charles C. Snow, John A. Mathews, Grant Miles, Henry J. Coleman

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Abstract

Each major era in business history has featured a particular form of organization. Early hierarchical, vertically integrated organizations have largely given way to network organizations that link the assets and know-how of numerous upstream and downstream industry partners. A number of leading companies today are experimenting with a new way of organizing - the cellular form. Cellular organizations are built on the principles of entrepreneurship, self-organization, and member ownership. In the future, cellular organizations will be used in situations requiring continuous learning and innovation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-19
Number of pages13
JournalAcademy of Management Executive
Volume11
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1997

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