Title: Workflows coordination in novel organisational forms

Authors: Nikos A. Antivachis, George N. Konstantas, Vasilis A. Angelis

Addresses: College of Business Administration, American College of Greece-Deree College, Xenias 6-8, Athens 11528, Greece. ' Department of Business Administration, University of the Aegean, Michalon 8, 82100 Chios, Greece. ' Department of Business Administration, University of the Aegean, Michalon 8, 82100 Chios, Greece

Abstract: In today|s hypercompetitive environment, the survivability of business organisations hinges on the internal efficiency mastered and the external competitiveness conquered. Stable and static environments experience slow changes, homogeneity, minimal information processing dispersion, with predictability being the end result. Dynamic environments, on the contrary, are primarily characterised by technological breakthroughs, quantum changes, diffusion of information and power and clientele heterogeneity. Thus, both environments require distinctly different coordination mechanisms. This paper will focus on: the differentiation between vertically integrated workflows and workflows that cross organisational boundaries; the attributes of workflows crossing organisational boundaries, and the pertinent coordination mechanism.

Keywords: workflows; risk; organisational boundaries; networks; workflow coordination; value chain; vertical integration.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASS.2007.015589

International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies, 2007 Vol.1 No.2, pp.208 - 229

Published online: 01 Nov 2007 *

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