Chapter 13

Working Across Boundaries

Because the boundaryless organization is a living continuum, not a fixed state, the ongoing management challenge is to find the right balance of boundaryless behavior, to determine how permeable to make boundaries, and where to place them.

(Ashkenas et al., 1998)

In today's global economy, working across boundaries is here to stay. Global alliances are proliferating and, according to John Naisbitt in his 1994 book Global Paradox, small businesses are better able to achieve success in the global economy because they are nimbler and better able to operate as dynamic networks. Mergers, joint ventures, flatter organization structures, globalization and the desire to bring the right people together to work on ...

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