Organizational Flexibility in Emerging Economies
Chapter 11: Conclusions
11. Conclusions This book examines the process of organizational adaptation and the competitiveness of ﬁrms in an emerging economy. The study is set in the Argentinian context of the 1990s when a combination of economic and political change triggered a transformation in the competitive context of indigenous family ﬁrms. Two highly ﬂexible ﬁrms and two less ﬂexible ﬁrms were studied from the pharmaceutical and edible oil industries and longitudinal data were used to explore the determinants of organizational ﬂexibility in those organisations. This perspective raised a number of important issues regarding the content and process of being ﬂexible and the determinants of organizational ﬂexibility. Recognition of this gap in the literature prompted the development of three researchable questions: ● ● ● Do some ﬁrms display more ﬂexibility than others in competitive circumstances? Why are some ﬁrms able to display more ﬂexibility? And how do they do it? In this ﬁnal chapter we return to our research questions and draw together the results of our case study ﬁndings and analysis. We will also discuss the contributions this research has made to the study of ﬂexibility, adaptation and change theory. We also identify the contributions to both the literature and practices of family ﬁrms and the literature on the inﬂuence of national diﬀerences as shapers of the organizational action of ﬁrms. Finally, we describe the limitations of our work and suggest recommendations for further research, both to address these limitations and to exploit the utility of the research method developed during this study....
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