[Last amended: 17 July 16]
Organisational Flexibility; that is the way the organisational structure needs to change to enable it to cope with their ever changing operational environment.
Issue being addressed:
One size does not fit all circumstances. Within the context I discussed the Dimension Four - Organisational Configuration. Here I introduced two models for flexible organisations.
In subsequent discussions neither was found to meet our needs and did not describe the operational experience of those interviewed. In order to address these deficiencies, the Type 1 to 4 categorisation was modified and became the Type A to E categorisation. Note that letters rather than numbers were used to differentiate the two categorisations.
I have changed the terms simply to "responder" to include responders in non-emergency situation. This has been done to broaden our definitions to more than being just focused on emergency ("blue-light" or "first") responders.
Aim of the Research Question:
The aim of this research question is to produce a categorisation of organisational elements that enables managers to prepare their organisation to cope with their changing environment in both a planned and unplanned way.
From the answer to this question I would wish to collect a wide range of scenarios from which I plan to synthesise the appropriate categorisation.
Would the Type A to E categorisation, as defined work within their organisations?
If not, what adaptation would be needed for it to work for them?