Exploring the Duality between Product and Organizational Architectures: A Test of the Mirroring Hypothesis

  title={Exploring the Duality between Product and Organizational Architectures: A Test of the Mirroring Hypothesis},
  author={Alan MacCormack and John Rusnak and Carliss Y. Baldwin},
  journal={Harvard Business School: Technology \& Operations Management Unit Working Paper Series},
A variety of academic studies argue that a relationship exists between the structure of an organization and the design of the products that this organization produces. Specifically, products tend to “mirror” the architectures of the organizations in which they are developed. This dynamic occurs because the organization's governance structures, problem solving routines and communication patterns constrain the space in which it searches for new solutions. Such a relationship is important, given… 
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