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Organizational Interdependence and Intra-Organizational Structure

Michael Aiken and Jerald Hage
American Sociological Review
Vol. 33, No. 6 (Dec., 1968), pp. 912-930
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2092683
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Abstract

This paper investigates the relationships between organizational interdependence, specifically the number of joint programs, and internal organizational behavior, for health and welfare organizations. A model of organizational interdependence produces five hypotheses about organizations, which are tested with data for sixteen social welfare and health organizations located in a midwestern metropolis in 1967. It was found that organizations with many joint programs tend to be more complex, more innovative, have more active internal communications channels, and somewhat more decentralized decision-making structures. No relationship was found between number of joint programs and degree of formalization. It is posited that, with increase in division of labor, organizations become more complex and more innovative; the need for resources to support such innovations promotes interdependent relations with organizations, and the greater integration of the organizations in a community structure.

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