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Special collection: "Linking Design and Emergence: Structure, Culture, and Networks in Organizations"

The informal elements of an organization (such as its culture and social networks) and its formal elements (like structure and incentives) are known to jointly shape organizational behavior and performance. However, the links between the two are less understood: How does structure shape culture and informal social networks, and vice versa? Through this collection, the journal aims to curate cutting-edge thinking on this topic which is relevant to both research and practice. 

Read the Call for papers, which includes detailed information about the purpose and exemplary research questions, here.


Articles in this Collection


Design as an interactive boundary object

Thinley Tharchen, Raghu Garud and Rebecca L. Henn

Journal of Organization Design 2020 9:21
Published on: 3 October 2020


Networks in the balance: an agent-based model of optimal exploitation

Fernando Anjos and Ray Reagans

Journal of Organization Design 2020 9:20
Published on: 6 October 2020


When three’s a crowd: how relational structure and social history shape organizational codes in triads

Özgecan Koçak and Massimo Warglien

Journal of Organization Design 2020 9:18
Published on: 28 August 2020


On the “missing link” between formal organization and informal social structure

Starling David Hunter III, Henrik Bentzen and Jan Taug

Journal of Organization Design 2020 9:13
Published on: 3 July 2020

About the Guest Editors

Srikanth Paruchuri (Lead) is an Associate Professor at Smeal College of Business at the Pennsylvania State University. He studies how informal organizations shape firm innovation processes and outcomes. His studies specifically focus on intra-organizational networks as a form of informal organization.

Micki Eisenman is a Senior Lecturer in the Organizational Behavior and Strategy groups at the Hebrew University’s Jerusalem School of Business Administration and the Director of the Asper Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Her research applies a constructivist perspective that examines how new meanings emerge in the context of firms’ innovation efforts. In other work, she has examined how organizations communicate by using aesthetic design.

Phanish Puranam is the Roland Berger Chair Professor of Strategy and Organization Design at INSEAD. He studies organizations as systems of aggregation, using a micro-structural perspective. His current research focuses on alternatives to hierarchy, how to design the informal organization, and how algorithms are shaping organizations.