2. Organisational Flexibility

[Last amended: 17 July 16]


Subject Area:


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.

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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?