The Contingent Value of Organizational Integration

Virpi Turkulainen, Mikko Ketokivi


We elaborate the link between organizational design and effectiveness by examining organizational integration and performance in the context of modern manufacturing. Through careful contextualization and empirical analysis of 266 manufacturing organizations in three industries and nine countries, we uncover a joint effect of integration and complexity on organizational effectiveness. The results extend structural contingency theory, in particular the mechanisms that link organizational integration to organizational effectiveness. We conclude by discussing the continuing relevance of structural contingency theory.


Organizational integration; contingency theory; organizational effectiveness; organizational complexity; task complexity

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ISSN: 2245-408X

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