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Business and Management., Organisation Theory, Interdisciplinary, History
In this paper we develop aspects of Elias’s figurational approach within organisational studies by using some of the core theoretical constructs as a model to explain organisational change through an empirical investigation of the dynamics of centralisation–decentralisation processes in an Irish sports organisation. Based on historical analysis, the paper documents the expanding interdependencies, figurational dynamics and shifting power balances which led to a gradual, non-linear movement towards greater integration and centralisation within the organisation.
Connolly, J. & Dolan, P. (2011) Organizational centralization as figurational dynamics: Movements and counter-movements in the Gaelic Athletic Association, Management & Organizational History, vol. 6, no.1, pp 37–58. doi:10.1177/1744935910387026