The Foundations of a Theoretical Model for Organizational Configurations and Change in Online Collaborative Processes

  • Sorin Adam Matei
  • Brian C. Britt
Part of the Lecture Notes in Social Networks book series (LNSN)


This chapter begins the process of intertwining the domains of organizational configurations and organizational change into a synthesized framework of configurational change motors. The goal is to articulate a comprehensive theoretical model that can bring the conversation about social structuration, covered in the previous chapters within a very broad and abstract terrain, to a more tangible and precisely specified reality. The first step is to identify specific types of system-level structuration, which in keeping with existing literature (e.g., Mintzberg 1979, 1989) we will call “organizational configurations.” Second, we will discuss the necessity and sufficiency of the configurations identified to date. Third, we will derive methods of translating the conceptual definitions of the configurations into specific operationalizable concepts. Fourth, we will lay the groundwork for the specific mechanisms by which configurations change and succeed each other over time (Van de Ven and Poole 1995), which will be further developed in Chap. 7.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sorin Adam Matei
    • 1
  • Brian C. Britt
    • 2
  1. 1.Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.South Dakota State UniversityBrookingsUSA

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