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"Exploring the Problem-Finding and Problem-Solving Approach for Designing Organizations"

Jack A. Nickerson, C. James Yen, and Joseph T. Mahoney

 

First Author :

Jack A. Nickerson
Frahm Family Professor of Organization and Strategy
Washington University in St. Louis, John M. Olin Business School
Campus Box 1133
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
USA

314-935-6374

nickerson@wustl.edu


Second Author :

C. James Yen
Organizational Behavior and Strategy
Washington University in St. Louis, John M. Olin Business School
Campus Box 1133
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
USA

jamesyen@wustl.edu


Third Author :

Joseph T. Mahoney
Business Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Business
1206 S. Sixth Street
140C Wohlers Hall
Champaign, IL 61820
USA

217-244-8257

josephm@illinois.edu

http://www.business.uiuc.edu/faculty/mahoney.html

 
 
Abstract :
 
An emerging problem-finding and problem-solving approach suggests that managementís discovering problems to solve, opportunities to seize, and challenges to respond to, are vital to organizations. This paper explores the extent to which the problem-finding and problem-solving approach can provide a foundation for joining the capabilities, dynamic capabilities, and governance perspectives as a way to help scholars and practitioners to coherently design organizations from the perspective of design science. The problem-finding and problem-solving approach offers a unit of analysis and a set of behavioral assumptions that enable us to address open questions within the extant literature and to propose new questions in management research.
 
 
Manuscript Received : 2011
Manuscript Published : 2011
 
 
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