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Building traits for organizational resilience through balancing organizational structures

Journal article
Authors Thomas Andersson
Mikael Cäker
Stefan Tengblad
Mikael Wickelgren
Published in Scandinavian Journal of Management
Volume 35
Issue 1
Pages 36-45
ISSN 0956-5221
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Business Administration, Accounting
Centre for Global Human Resource Management
Pages 36-45
Language en
Keywords Organizational resilience; Organizational structure; Balancing; Decentralization; Risk awareness
Subject categories Business Administration


This paper describes and explains how balancing organizational structures can build traits for organizational resilience. Organizational resilience is a holistic and complex concept. In this paper, we move beyond focusing on sudden and disruptive events in favour of anticipating the unexpected in daily organizing. Organizational resilience is understood here as building traits of risk awareness, preference for cooperation, agility and improvisation and is analysed by means of a longitudinal qualitative case study. The paper contributes to the field by showing how balancing organizational structures can foster organizational resilience traits. We show that power distribution and normative control can create preparedness for unexpected events and foster action orientation at the same time as supporting organizational alignment.

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