25 Strategic improvisation in loosely coupled systems

Victor Meyer Jr. and Diórgenes Falcão Mamédio

DOI: 10.4324/9781003171768-32


Loose coupling is a metaphor that Karl Weick (1976) invites us to use to gain a better understanding of the different variants of connections that exist within organizations that are marginalized, ignored, or suppressed by regulations and bureaucracy. On the one hand, we have companies and industries, for example, the automotive and manufacturing sectors, which have tightly coupled operational processes, ensuring control over their results. On the other hand, social organizations such as universities, hospitals, schools, and some public organizations, including the justice system, have highly decoupled ...

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