Accession Number:

ADA048789

Title:

Management Strategies in fixed-Structure Models of Complex Organizations II

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

STANFORD UNIV CA DEPT OF STATISTICS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1977-09-02

Pagination or Media Count:

43.0

Abstract:

Part I of this effort suggests that switching net models provide useful insight into the behavior of complex organizational control systems. Equivalence relations on the responses of system elements were defined, namely internal homogeneity and forcibility. These in turn were interpreted as managerial strategies management by exception and management by priority, respectively. The present article introduces a further equivalence relation-- extended threshold, which is interpreted as management by consensus. The notion of extended threshold and its interaction with internal homogeneity and forcibility are examined in detail. We then observe that organization-wide control may be exercised by varying strategy levels. Finally we speculate as to the psychological impact of the strategies on the work force and explore implications these interpretations have for organizational climate in complex enterprises.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Numerical Mathematics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE