Strategic Decision Making in Complex Organizations.
Final rept. 31 Oct 82-31 Oct 83,
COLUMBIA UNIV NEW YORK GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
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A set of twenty one papers reviews the empirical and theoretical literature on strategic decision making in complex organizations. They present an inventory from diverse disciplines such as psychology, sociology, economics and political science so that one can map this area and identify possible avenues of future research. The entire set provides a rich array of treatments of five critical issues, i.e. the process versus outcome of strategic choices, the unit of analysis e.g. individual, group or organization, the interdisciplinary nature of pertinent research, description versus p.t.o. prescription including normative pronouncements on decision designs and alternative modes of research orientation. The first paper and the four concluding ones serve as integrative devices for the diversity of treatments as they surface from the eight pairs of papers. Author