Managing Large Systems: Organizations for the Future

Managing Large Systems: Organizations for the Future

by Leonard R. Sayles, Margaret K. Chandler
     
 

Managing Large Systems examines a range of human, organizational, and managerial challenges associated with large systems. Special attention is given to the behavioral relationships among scientists and engineers, business and technical managers, sponsor organizations and their contractors, business and government officials, and line and functional

Overview

Managing Large Systems examines a range of human, organizational, and managerial challenges associated with large systems. Special attention is given to the behavioral relationships among scientists and engineers, business and technical managers, sponsor organizations and their contractors, business and government officials, and line and functional managers.

The descriptions of problems of technical organization and performance motivation are based primarily on an extended field study of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Managing Large Systems includes a description of the unique management system developed by NASA under the leadership of James Webb that many believe was responsible for their extraordinary technological achievements that culminated in the first moon landing. Parallels are drawn to other large-scale technology programs in aerospace and atomic energy.

The authors find traditional managerial principles regarding controls, incentive systems, and planning to be inadequate in the context of large systems. They look to organizational clusters to manage future projects in advanced technological areas and in public sectors such as urban development, massive medical programs, and ecological improvements.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560006428
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1993
Series:
Classics in Organization and Management Series
Pages:
370
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Leonard R. Sayles served as a consultant to the administrator of NASA in the late 1960s. He is a senior research scientist at the Center for Graduate School of Business. Among his other books are Managerial Behavior, Leadership; Managing in Real Organizations; and Leaders Who Make Organizations Work (in press).

Margaret K. Chandler, before her recent death, was a professor at Columbia University. Before that she held similar posts at the University of Chicago and then at the Center for Advanced Study in the Graduate College at the University of Illinois. She was the McKinsey Award winner for her book Management Rights and Urban Interests.

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