Title

Organizational Configurations and Performance: A Meta-Analysis

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-1997

Department

Management and International Business

Abstract

The link between organizational configurations and performance has become a central and somewhat controversial focus of research in the strategic management literature, We statistically aggregated results from 40 original tests of the configurations-performance relationship. In contrast to previous qualitative reviews, this meta-analysis demonstrated that an organization's performance is partially explained by its configuration. Tests of four potential moderators showed that organizations' configurations contributed more to performance explanation to the extent that studies used (1) broad definitions of configurations, (2) single-industry samples, and (3) longitudinal designs, Results highlight the need for programmatic research.

Publication Title

Academy of Management Journal

Volume

40

Issue

1

First Page

223

Last Page

240