Networks and Organizations: Structure, Form, and Action
Nitin Nohria, Robert G. Eccles
Harvard Business School Press, 1992 - Organizational behavior - 544 pages
Networks and Organizations debunks the myth that we are in the midst of an unprecedented era of change and refocuses attention on the timeless problem of management--mobilizing individual and collective action. The authors take a fresh look at what actually happens in organizations and reveal how rhetoric and the search for identity--not structure, systems, and strategies that characterize the design perspective of organizations--are the real motivators of action in organizations. They then offer an alternative view in which "robust action" (not equilibrium), fit, and alignment should serve as a positive guide for managerial action.
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