Sustaining Self-managing Modes of Organizing within Hierarchical Organization: Communicative Boundary Maintenance via Nurturing, Exposing, and Blending In

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This paper addresses the question of how self-managing teams can sustain their alternative mode of organizing within a more hierarchical organizational setting through intraorganizational boundary work. Using a communication-entered perspective, we specifically examine the communicative practices used to negotiate intra-organizational boundaries. Drawing on a qualitative case study of a self-managing team within the more hierarchical environment of an international medical technology company, we show how the team uses communicative practices of nurturing, exposing and blending-in their self-managing mode of organizing to negotiate their internal boundaries. Through this communicative boundary negotiation, the team was able to maintain its mode of organizing in an otherwise largely traditionally organized firm
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2021
Number of pages40
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event37th EGOS Colloquium 2021: Organizing for an Inclusive Society: Meanings, Motivations, and Mechanisms - Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 8 Jul 202110 Jul 2021
Conference number: 37


Conference37th EGOS Colloquium 2021
LocationVrije Universiteit
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  • Boundary work
  • Self-managing teams
  • Communicative constitution of organization (CCO)
  • New forms of organizing
  • Organization theory

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