Agentic misfit: an empirical demonstration of non-matching human agency amid complexity

Poulis, Konstantinos ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3355-9543, Poulis, Efthimios ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6820-1499 and Jackson, Paul (2021) Agentic misfit: an empirical demonstration of non-matching human agency amid complexity. Organization Studies, 42 (10) . pp. 1603-1627. ISSN 0170-8406 [Article] (doi:10.1177/0170840620944552)

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Abstract

Alignment of organizations with external imperatives is seen as a sine qua non of proper organizing and strategizing by many fit and complexity scholars. Any deviation from this management mantra engenders organizational decline and, ultimately, mortality. We put this axiomatic principle under empirical scrutiny and use the law of requisite variety as our organizing principle to do so. The law is an iconic cornerstone of this matching contingency logic and it has served to legitimize a wide range of fit decisions in e.g., leadership, organizational learning or corporate governance. Inspired by organizational vignettes inhabiting antithetical complexity regimes, we introduce a novel concept, which we label as ‘agentic misfit’. In this way, we deconstruct deterministic assumptions related to environmental fittingness, we challenge teleological orientations in the fit literature and, we flesh out the viability of non-matching human agency amid complexity.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 30330
Notes on copyright: Poulis, Konstantinos, Poulis, Efthimios and Jackson, Paul (2020) Agentic misfit: an empirical demonstration of non-matching human agency amid complexity. Organization Studies Volume: 42 issue: 10, page(s): 1603-1627. Copyright © 2020 The Author(s). DOI: 10.1177/0170840620944552.
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Depositing User: Dr Konstantinos Poulis
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2020 14:34
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2022 21:41
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/30330

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