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Title
The inevitability and irreversibility of organizational uncontrollability
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Abstract
In this paper, a classic and seminal contribution of Williamson (J Polit Econ 75:123138, 1967), Hierarchical control and optimum firm size, is revisited so as to remove two of its restrictive assumptions. The introduction of the dynamics of the quality of vertical communication into Williamsons static model and the development of a simulation to analyze these dynamics provide the opportunity to demonstrate the plausibility of a new conjecture: in each and every hierarchically structured organization, irreversible organizational uncontrollability is ultimately bound to arise, even in a completely stable environment. This is our main contribution. Moreover, we demonstrate that this conjecture is also valid for non-hierarchically structured organizations. Keywords
Language
English
Source (journal)
Computational and mathematical organization theory. - Place of publication unknown
Publication
Place of publication unknown : 2015
ISSN
1381-298X
Volume/pages
21:4(2015), p. 380-405
ISI
000363967000003
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UAntwerpen
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Creation 04.09.2015
Last edited 22.09.2017
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