This book is the second and summative volume from the study of Innovative Forms of Organizing (INNFORM) programme of research. The first book from the programme was published in 2000 by Sage Publications. That book was titled The Innovating Organization and was edited by Andrew M. Pettigrew and Evelyn M. Fenton. Like the first book, this one is very much a collective and collaborative effort, as signalled by the seven co-editors listed on the title page. The aims of the INNFORM research were to map the contours of contemporary organizational innovation, to examine the performance benefits and other consequences of innovative forms of organizing, and to explore the managerial and organizational processes of moving from more traditional forms of organizing. The programme was initiated from Warwick Business School in a successful research submission to the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Innovation Programme. Coopers & Lybrand Europe (now part of the merged entity, PricewaterhouseCoopers) also contributed to the research funding, as did the consortium of organizations who supported the Centre for Corporate Strategy and Change at Warwick Business School. The research was carried out in co-operation with colleagues from Erasmus University (the Netherlands), ESSEC (France), Hitotsubashi University (Japan), IESE (Spain), Jonkoping University (Sweden), Oxford University (UK) and St Gallen University (Switzerland). Duke University joined the team in 1997 to carry out the US survey component of the programme. The lead researchers from each of the institutions are: Frans van den Bosch, Hamid Bouchikhi, Tsuyoshi Numagami, Carlos Sanchez-Runde, Leif Melin, Richard Whittington, Winfried Ruigrok and Arie Lewin. The initial funding for the research was made possible by generous grants from the ESRC and Coopers & Lybrand. These initial awards were supplemented by additional awards by both organizations to extend the scope of the work and to support dissemination activities. We are most grateful for this financial support. We would also like to recognize the wholehearted support given our work by Dr Fiona Steele, the co-ordinator of the ESRC Innovation Programme.

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Pettigrew, A. M., Whittington, R., Melin, L., Sanchez-Runde, C., van den Bosch, F., Ruigrok, W., & Numagami, T. (2003). Innovative Forms of Organizing. ERIM (Electronic) Books and Chapters. Retrieved from