Special Issue Article
Meta-organization design: Rethinking design in interorganizational and community contexts
Article first published online: 4 APR 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Strategic Management Journal
Special Issue: Strategy and the Design of Organizational Architecture
Volume 33, Issue 6, pages 571–586, June 2012
How to Cite
Gulati, R., Puranam, P. and Tushman, M. (2012), Meta-organization design: Rethinking design in interorganizational and community contexts. Strat. Mgmt. J., 33: 571–586. doi: 10.1002/smj.1975
- Issue published online: 4 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 4 APR 2012
- interorganizational relationships;
This article provides conceptual foundations for analyzing organizations comprising multiple legally autonomous entities, which we call meta-organizations. We assess the antecedents of the emergence of such collectives and the design choices they entail. The article identifies key parameters on which such meta-organizations' designs differ from each other. It also presents a taxonomy that elucidates how such forms of collective action vary and the constraints they must address to be successful. We conclude with implications for research on meta-organizational design. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.