The Impact of Organizational Structure on Internal and External Integration: An empirical, cross-regional assessment

  • Xenophon Koufteros Mays Business School, Texas A&M University
  • Xiasong (David) Peng University of Houston
  • Guanyi Lu Oregon State University
  • Richard Peters Xavier University of Louisiana
Keywords: Supply chain management, supply chain integration, organizational structure, organization design, cross-cultural research

Abstract

We examine the effects of organizational structure on cross-functional integration, supplier integration, and customer integration and assess whether such effects vary by geographical region. Specifically, we investigate the impact of centralization, formalization, and complexity on both internal (cross-functional) and external (supplier, customer) integration. Relationships are examined across Western and East Asian environments using data collected from 238 manufacturing plants in eight countries. We find that structural features have differing impacts on cross-functional, supplier, and customer integration, and these effects vary across geographical regions.

Author Biographies

Xiasong (David) Peng, University of Houston

C.T. Bauer  College of Business
Department of Decision and Information Sciences

Assistant Professor

Guanyi Lu, Oregon State University

College of Business

200 Bexell Hall

Corvallis, Oregon 97331

Assistant Professor

Richard Peters, Xavier University of Louisiana

Division of Business

Assistant Professor

Published
2014-06-26
How to Cite
Koufteros, X., Peng, X. (David), Lu, G., & Peters, R. (2014). The Impact of Organizational Structure on Internal and External Integration: An empirical, cross-regional assessment. Journal of Organization Design, 3(2), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.7146/jod.7386
Section
Research Article