Information and Organizations

Information and Organizations

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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 qinformation problemq and the concept of quncertaintyq 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.When we inspect Chandlera#39;s argument about Sears from this point of view, several inadequacies appear. We will look at the problem of adjusting the inventory displayed and on hand in a Sears store to the seasons and to the regions of theanbsp;...


Title:Information and Organizations
Author: Arthur L. Stinchcombe
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 1990-05-12
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