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The logic of organizational disorder

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This edited volume is a key title in Business & Economics, Management, and Organizational Behavior. The Logic of Organizational Disorder provides new insights about managing disorder in organizations ranging from firms, public agencies, non-profits, etc. This book establishes a conversation between research from eminent scientists and scholars about the ways in which one might approach organizational disorder. A wide spectrum of perspectives is considered: the authors look at sociological and economic tradition, psychological and political science angles, as well as ethnomethodological contributions. Contributors from within an outside of the university model employ empirical analysis to impart new theoretical directions and examine innovative modeling strategies to manage disorder. This book places its emphasis on innovative approaches to organizational disorder in an effort to further the study of organizations — of the ways in which predictable and preventable dumb behaviour arises from the complications of our daily lives within organizations. The chapters include:
    The logic of organizational disorder: an introduction.
    Sifting the garbage: conceptualizing and explaining processes of strategic decision making.
    Organized anarchies: a reconsideration of research strategies.
    The diffusion of innovation in the judicial system
    Ideology and loose couplings in management control systems.
    The relativization of formal organization.
    Managing organizational disorder.
    The disorder of organizational logic - makework among members of bureaucratic organizations.
    Learning in a garbage can situation: a network model.
    Organizational learning of routines: a model from the garbage can family.
    Bounded rationality, hyper-rationalization and the use of social science knowledge .
    Ambiguity, endogeneity, and intelligence.
Michael Masuch has been Scientific Director in Computer Science at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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(Oct. 15, 2014, 4:11 p.m.)
I'd also love to unglue A garbage can model of organizational choice / Michael D Cohen; James C March; Johan P Olsen. [Bridgeport, Conn.] : [M. Wiener], ©1972. This book is based on the seminal article of same title in Administrative Services Quarterly, which broke new ground in organizational and decision theory and included a Fortran program... The garbage can model always seemed much more reality-based than many management/decision theories... particularly for institutions like higher education where power/decision making tends to be distributed and many factors impact what decisions get made (or not made...). That book (if not the program) is highly readable by a layperson and some of the case studies are entertaining. This set of essays follows from this line of thinking and should be an interesting read.
(May 7, 2013, 10:47 a.m.)
This book has been added to the De Gruyter ungluing program. If we get 27 more people wishing for it, an ungluing campaign will commence.
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We are checking with De Gruyter regarding the rights status this title, which is not one of the 100 titles pre-cleared for an Unglue.it Campaign. (You can tell if under the Rights Tab, De Gruyter has already "claimed" the title.)

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