Organizational structure and innovation: analysis from the strategic co-alignment

Diego Armando Marín-Idárraga (Department of Business Management, Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Bogota, Colombia)
Juan Carlos Cuartas (Department of Business Management, Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Bogota, Colombia)

Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administración

ISSN: 1012-8255

Publication date: 7 November 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to determine the effect of the co-alignment of structural variables on innovation, wherein Bogotá-based SMEs, belonging to the industrial, commercial and services sectors, were used as samples.

Design/methodology/approach

The study was conducted using a causal inference methodology and through the application of a structural equation model.

Findings

The results indicate that organizational structure has an influence on innovation, although this is true only for some variables and only when the analysis is performed separately. When performed under strategic co-alignment conditions, however, its influence becomes greater.

Originality/value

Organizational structure and innovation are determining factors of organizational performance. Although the strategic co-alignment theory has provided points of reference to understanding the phenomenon of organizational performance, there are still many gaps left to be filled. Additionally, it also requires empirical validation especially in relation to Colombian SMEs – and this is where this work makes a contribution.

Propósito

El objetivo de este artículo es determinar el efecto de la co-alineación de las variables estructurales con la innovación en una muestra de Pymes Bogotanas de los sectores industrial, comercial y de servicios.

Metodología

El estudio se llevó a cabo mediante una metodología de inferencia causal aplicando un modelo de ecuaciones estructurales.

Resultados

Los resultados indican que la estructura organizacional influye sobre la innovación solo desde algunas variables cuando el análisis se realiza por separado, pero cuando el análisis se efectúa en condiciones de co-alineación estratégica, el impacto es mayor.

Valor

La estructura organizacional y la innovación son factores determinantes del desempeño organizacional. Si bien la teoría de la co-alineación estratégica ha entregado los referentes para comprender el fenómeno del desempeño en la organización, aún faltan muchos vacíos por llenar y más validación empírica, sobre todo en las influencias con la innovación y especialmente en el ámbito de las Pymes Colombianas. Este trabajo realiza un aporte en este sentido.

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Citation

Marín-Idárraga, D. and Cuartas, J. (2016), "Organizational structure and innovation: analysis from the strategic co-alignment", Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administración, Vol. 29 No. 4, pp. 388-406. https://doi.org/10.1108/ARLA-11-2015-0303

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