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Decisions and Organizations - James G. March

Decisions and Organizations

Paperback Published: 8th January 1991
ISBN: 9780631168560
Number Of Pages: 468

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For over 30 years, James March has made a sustained and innovative contribution to the field of organizational theory. In this series of lectures, previously unpublished in English, March explores the problems of leadership. These problems, he proposes, are dealt with more effectively in works of great literature than in management textbooks. Reading 'War and Peace' or 'Don Quixote', according to March, allows us to develop a critical ability which complements the techniques we acquire elsewhere. March uses literature to present a range of moral dilemmas related to leadership - questions concerning the balance between private life and public duties, between ingenuity and innocence, between diversity and integration, and between the expression and the control of sexuality. He encourages us to explore ideas that are subversive, unpalatable, and which may not work in the short term, but which allow organisations to adapt in a rapidly changing world.

Introduction: A chronicle of speculations about organizational decision-makingp. 1
The Allocation of Attention
Organizational structure and pricing behavior in an oligopolistic marketp. 25
Models in a behavioral theory of the firmp. 37
Financial adversity, internal competition and curriculum change in a universityp. 61
Managerial perspectives on risk and risk-takingp. 76
Conflict in Organizations
The business firm as a political coalitionp. 101
The power of powerp. 116
Implementation and ambiguityp. 150
Adaptive Rules
Footnotes to organizational changep. 167
A model of adaptive organizational searchp. 187
Learning from experience in organizationsp. 219
Decision-making and postdecision surprisesp. 228
Decision-Making under Ambiguity
The technology of foolishnessp. 253
Bounded rationality, ambiguity and the engineering of choicep. 266
A garbage can model of organizational choicep. 294
The uncertainty of the past: organizational learning under ambiguityp. 335
Performance sampling in social matchesp. 359
Ambiguity and accounting: the elusive link between information and decision-makingp. 384
Information in organizations as signal and symbolp. 409
Gossip, information and decision-makingp. 429
Indexp. 443
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ISBN: 9780631168560
ISBN-10: 0631168567
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 468
Published: 8th January 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.98 x 15.62  x 2.86
Weight (kg): 0.71
Edition Number: 1