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Palgrave Macmillan

Marginal Organizations

Analyzing Organizations at the Edge of Society's Mainstream

ISBN 9781137379467
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

On one hand, marginals are complex organizational systems. On the other hand, they are an example of elegant, applied organizational operations. In The Marginal Organization, Tafoya focuses on organizations often described as part of an informal economy, informal sector, underground economy, or unofficial economy. He presents these systems first as organizations and then as organizations operating outside of society's mainstream, as marginal organizations. He outlines a means for studying marginals so that underlying behavioral patterns can be identified, examined and, if needed, addressed.

A simple approach to a study of marginal organizations might conclude they exist simply to meet the needs of their stakeholders - they do not. Thinking of marginals as competing in the context of other organizations allows the reader the opportunity to explore new themes, such as when and how marginals may be more inventive and innovative that mainstream organizations, and what one might conclude about illegal marginals like drug pushers and prostitutes. Tafoya's newest contribution to the field of organizational study is not to be missed.

Dennis W. Tafoya is President of CompCite Inc., a research and development firm located in Devon, Pennsylvania, that focuses on exploring factors that affect performance at individual, group and organizational levels. He has more than 30 years of experience in academic and business organizations, including high technology, manufacturing, health care, and consumer products. Tafoya earned his PhD from the University of Michigan, USA, and his MS from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. His previous books include The Effective Organization (2010) and Organizations in the Face of Crisis (2013).

1. Introduction to the Concept of the Marginal Organization
2. Profiling the Marginal Organization: A Framework for Operational Analysis
3. The Emergence of Marginal Organizations in a Mainstream Society: Translating Influence into Strategy in an Effort to Drive the Marginal Organization's Success
4. The Emergence of Marginals in the Active Context of Mainstream Society
5. Analyzing the Marginal's Persona: Existence as a Marginal Organization and the Marginal's Impact on the Mainstream
6. For Marginal Organizations Within a World of Mixed Certainty, Surviving May be Just Enough
7. Mapping the Decline and Loss of Organizational Influence in the Marginal Economy: A Case Study
8. Conclusions: Strategies for the Management of a Society's Marginal Organizations

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