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A study of decision making in four complex organizations Harvey, Edward Franklin Burns

Abstract

A model of organizational decision making is developed in terms of which certain components of the process - formation of goals, search procedures, making of a choice etc. - are conceptualized as being arranged sequentially along a temporal continuum. The temporal extensiveness of this continuum is seen as largely being a function of bargaining processes visa-vis components of a given decision by the differentiated sub-units of an organization. Research carried out among four technologically differentiated organizations provides empirical verification for the conceptual model and illustrates certain limitations to organizational rationality and the role of organizational politics in decision making.

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