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This study introduces the tertius iungens orientation, a strategic, behavioral orientation toward connecting people in one's social network by either introducing disconnected individuals or facilitating new coordination between connected individuals. The tertius iungens mechanism contrasts with the tertius gaudens mechanism emphasized in structural holes(More)
T his is a careful and insightful case study of how the Toyota Production System manages the paradox of efficiency and flexibility, which arises periodically in connection with model changeovers. The authors detail the functioning of four organizational mechanisms—metaroutines, partitioning, switching, and ambidexterity. However, of particular interest is(More)
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for their comments, even if we did not find space to incorporate them and there remains much about the paper with which they may disagree. We also thank the two Annals Editors, Art Brief and Jim Walsh, for their support and suggestions. ABSTRACT Critical management studies (CMS) offers a range of alternatives to mainstream management theory with a view to(More)
T his paper traces the main lines of evolution of the organization of professional work. The argument is illustrated with material on the case of doctors and hospitals. While market and hierarchy principles have become progressively more salient in professional work, we argue that, in parallel, the community principle has been growing more influential, too.(More)