Abstract for: Organizational Flexibility: A dynamic evaluation of Volberda's theory

It is no longer only necessary to achieve and to exploit efficiently a competitive advantage along the enterprise lifecycle, but also to explore new combinations or ideas by means of organizational flexibility management. In order to improve our understanding of organizational flexibility, we examine Volberda´s theory on organizational flexibility (Volberda, 1998) in detail analyzing its consistency and effectiveness, especially in terms of its causal explanation of organizational adaptation to changing environments. To accomplish with this objective, we developed a causal model to understand the dynamics of the transformation strategies about organizational flexibility proposed by Volberda (1998). The causal model is used to develop dynamic hypothesis that will be tested in further research. In our research on organizational flexibility, we aim to improve management decisions related to managing capabilities related to organizational flexibility and refine the organizational actions to adapt to the environmental turbulence.