Executives currently creating novel organizations and new organizational forms are not doing it well. Journalists and organizational scientists writing about new organizational forms are not understanding what they see. Nothing is as useful as a good theory, and these executives, journalists, and even organizational scientists are doing their jobs less well than they could because they are not drawing on the basic theories relevant to their tasks. This tutorial examines the history and current state of novel organizations and new organizational forms and shows how poor designs and misinterpretations of current strategic organizational arrangements could be avoided by the simultaneous application of currently available theories of organizational design and information technology. Included within the tutorial are critiques and suggestions for agency theory, for the media richness concept, and for information systems research.
Huber, George P., "WE CAN DO BETTER: INTEGRATING THEORIES OF NOVEL ORGANIZATIONS NEW ORGANIZATIONAL FORMS, AND INFOR ATION TECHNOLOGY" (1991). ICIS 1991 Proceedings. 3.