Professional Organizations - A Way Ïnto the Future

Jakob Rosenkilde Larsen

Student thesis: Master thesis


This thesis explores how HRM can contribute to business value creation (processes, structures and business models) in professional organizations in a strategic perspective by examining two forms of organizational designs through a critically realistic retroductive comparative analysis, thus starting from existing theory in the attempt to develop new knowledge from thiese theories. The first form of organizational design I want to investigate is 1) The professional organization also called the professional bureaucrazy (Mintzberg and Weber's inheritance), which is a governance design deriving from the classical organizational theory that systematizes the world from the concept of causality and logical parameters such as speed, error rate or conversion rate through induction, deduction and analysis is dominant - the effectiveness and refinement of existing markets and incremental innovation is the core task. And on the other hand, 2) the striking idea of organizational innovation design (Martin; Krull, Bason, etc.), which in the literature is called design thinking, constantly trying to adapt to the market context in which the organization is located and therefore needs to think radically new and capture all sorts of ideas, so that the organization hopefully is at the forefront of disruption and thus avoiding being disrupted. Here, radical innovation and the ability to precisely keep up with the development and bid for the future market, the logical reasoning - and parameters such as usability, appeal and experience become dominant and start with abduction and synthesis. Here, radical innovation becomes the core task, by questioning existing premises about the market and devising new premises and new markets! The aim of my thieses is to investigate simularaties and differenties, so that we can learn from both organizational designs, and hopefully combine the best from each one, into a new and more prosperous design and better fit for the future.

EducationsMSocSc in Human Resource Management, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2017
Number of pages79