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Suggestions for a Sociological Approach to the Theory of Organizations.II
Administrative Science Quarterly
Vol. 1, No. 2 (Sep., 1956), pp. 225-239
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc. on behalf of the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2390988
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In this second article of a two-part series, the author identifies power as the central phenomenon of organization. The generation of power, both within and outside the organization, depends on four fundamental conditions, which are identified. A classification of organizational types, based on primacy of different types of organizational goals, is outlined and its utility illustrated by analyzing variations among the business firm, the military organization, and the university in this society. The author is chairman of the Department of Social Relations at Harvard University.
Administrative Science Quarterly © 1956 Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University