This study advances an attention-based view of corporate strategy and explores its implications for organizational design. We examine the governance of resource allocation in a multi-business organization through the firm’s network of decision-making and communication channels. Using both primary and secondary sources, we analyze the changes in the decision-making channels at General Electric (GE) over a 51-year period across four CEO regimes: Ralph J. Cordiner, Fred J. Borch, Reginald H. Jones and John F. Welch. We identify four distinct channel functions: reporting, staff, control and agenda management. Through our analysis, we find that strategy does not emerge from any unitary, bounded process but from the pattern that emerges from a network of tightly and loosely coupled channels operating simultaneously.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Organization Design|
|Subtitle of host publication||The evolving state-of-the-art|
|Editors||Richard M. Burton, Dorthe Døjbak Håkonsson, Bo Eriksen, Charles C. Snow|
|State||Published - 2006|
|Name||Information and Organization Design Series|