Decisions and Organizations

Overview

This book collects together for the first time over 20 of James March's key essays, including those co-authorised with R.M. Cyert and J.P. Olsen and others. The coverage ranges from his early work on the behavioural theory of the firm, through conflict and adaptive rules in organizations, to decision-making under ambiguity (including the famed 'garbage can' model).

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Overview

This book collects together for the first time over 20 of James March's key essays, including those co-authorised with R.M. Cyert and J.P. Olsen and others. The coverage ranges from his early work on the behavioural theory of the firm, through conflict and adaptive rules in organizations, to decision-making under ambiguity (including the famed 'garbage can' model).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631168560
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/15/1991
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

James G. March is Fred H. Merrill Professor of Management and Professor of Political Science and Sociology at Stanford University. He has inspired generations of students with his work in organizational theory. His previous publications include ‘Decisions and Organizations’ (Blackwell Publishing, 1989), ‘Behavioral Theory of the Firm’ (Blackwell Publishing, Second Edition, 1992) and ‘The Pursuit of Organizational Intelligence’ (Blackwell Publishing, 1998).

Thierry A. Weill is Professor of Technology Management at Ecole des Mines in Paris. From 2000 to 2002, he acted as scientific advisor to the Prime Minister of France, Lionel Jospin. He is the author of two books, over 40 scientific papers, and several patents. He chairs a monthly workshop on technology and innovation management.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A chronicle of speculations about organizational decision-making 1
Part I The Allocation of Attention
1 Organizational structure and pricing behavior in an oligopolistic market 25
2 Models in a behavioral theory of the firm 37
3 Financial adversity, internal competition and curriculum change in a university 61
4 Managerial perspectives on risk and risk-taking 76
Part II Conflict in Organizations
5 The business firm as a political coalition 101
6 The power of power 116
7 Implementation and ambiguity 150
Part III Adaptive Rules
8 Footnotes to organizational change 167
9 A model of adaptive organizational search 187
10 Learning from experience in organizations 219
11 Decision-making and postdecision surprises 228
Part IV Decision-Making under Ambiguity
12 The technology of foolishness 253
13 Bounded rationality, ambiguity and the engineering of choice 266
14 A garbage can model of organizational choice 294
15 The uncertainty of the past: organizational learning under ambiguity 335
16 Performance sampling in social matches 359
17 Ambiguity and accounting: the elusive link between information and decision-making 384
18 Information in organizations as signal and symbol 409
19 Gossip, information and decision-making 429
Index 443
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