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Organizing Flexibility: The Flexible Firm in a New Century

Citation

Kalleberg, Arne L. (2001). Organizing Flexibility: The Flexible Firm in a New Century. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 39(4), 479-504.

Abstract

Research on organizational flexibility should examine the linkages between numerical and functional flexibility. Unfortunately, studies of each type of flexibility generally neglect the other. Moreover, the most popular conception of the interplay between these two forms of flexibility — the core–periphery model — is incomplete in important ways. I discuss evidence and limitations of the core–periphery model of the flexible firm, and outline some promising attempts to conceptualize how organizations may combine functional and numerical flexibility. I focus mainly on the USA and the UK, though I also review evidence and issues involved in cross‐national differences in organizational flexibility.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8543.0021

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

British Journal of Industrial Relations

Author(s)

Kalleberg, Arne L.

Year Published

2001

Volume Number

39

Issue Number

4

Pages

479-504

Reference ID

1745