Networks and Decision Making

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Purdue University Press, Jan 1, 2000 - Business & Economics - 134 pages
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More and more organizations are evolving into networks of interdependent but relatively autonomous units. This autonomy is a critical successfactor for an organization that has to operate in an increasingly dynamic and unpredictable environment. In addition to this, the network organization itself operates within networks; the network organization depends on other network organizations for the achievement of its goals. The network character of organizations is raising some important questions. For instance, how can decisions be taken when management no longer takes place at the top? What strategies are effective in a network if the aims can be realised only with the cooperation of others? What are the rules of the network game? These are just some of the questions that are addressed in Networks and Decision Making, which has been specially written to help both theoreticians and practitioners to understand and evaluate network decision making. This book will also help the reader to discriminate between effective and ineffective behaviour in networks and to answer the normative question regarding the rules of the network game.

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