Information and Organizations
University of California Press, Jun 11, 1990 - Business & Economics - 404 pages
An ambitious new work by a well-respected sociologist, "Information and Organizations" provides a bold perspective of the dynamics of organizations. Stinchcombe contends that the "information problem" and the concept of "uncertainty" provide the key to understanding how organizations function. In a delightful mix of large theoretical insights and vivid anecdotal material, Stinchcombe explores the ins and outs of organizations from both a macro and micro perspective. He reinterprets the work of the renowned scholars of business, Alfred Chandler, James March and Oliver Williamson, and looks in depth at corporations like DuPont and General Motors. Along the way, Stinchcombe explores subjects as varied as class consciousness, innovation, contracts and university administration. All of these analyses are distinguished by incisive thinking and creative new approaches to issues that have long confronted business people and those interested in organizational theory.A tour de force, "Information and Organizations" is a must-read for business people and scholars of many stripes. It promises to be a widely discussed and debated work.
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2 INDIVIDUALS SKILLS AS INFORMATION PROCESSING
SOURCES OF TECHNICAL UNCERTAINTY AND THE INFORMATION FOR TECHNICAL DECISIONS
4 MARKET UNCERTAINTY AND DIVISIONALIZATION
SCHUMPETERS ORGANIZATIONAL SOCIOLOGY MODERNIZED
CONTRACTS AS HIERARCHICAL DOCUMENTS
7 SEGMENTATION OF THE LABOR MARKET AND INFORMATION ON THE SKILL OF WORKERS
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