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What can Business scholars learn from highly adaptive criminal organizations?

Oude Aarninkhof, S (2018) What can Business scholars learn from highly adaptive criminal organizations?

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Abstract:Criminal organizations are able to exploit any environment and therefore survive high amounts of environmental change. On the other end of the spectrum, legal organizations are confronted with an increasing amount of changes in their environments. The dynamic and demanding environment of today causes an interest among Business Administration researchers into the concept of adaptability. The aim of this study is to identify insights into the criminal organizations’ adaptive process, which can strengthen the knowledge about the adaptive process and the adaptive organization in Business Administration research. A systematic literature review is conducted to extract insights into the criminal organizations’ adaptive process from Criminology articles. Furthermore, a Theoretical Model and a Conceptual Model are proposed. The models summarize the current knowledge about adaptiveness in Business Administration research. The comparison of the criminal insights with the models leads to additions to the models and interesting implications for practice. The additional concepts extracted from Criminology articles are networking capability, collaboration and power & influence. Networking capability can be described as a dynamic capability, collaboration as part of the transformation process, and power & influence as an outcome of the adaptive process. The hypothesized relationships between the concepts should be tested in further research.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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