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Organizational Size and the Structuralist Perspective: A Review, Critique, and Proposal

John R. Kimberly
Administrative Science Quarterly
Vol. 21, No. 4 (Dec., 1976), pp. 571-597
DOI: 10.2307/2391717
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2391717
Page Count: 27
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Abstract

The role of size as a variable in studies of organizational structure is critically reviewed on the basis of an analysis of 80 empirical studies carried out between 1950 and 1974. A number of conceptual and empirical problems in these studies are noted and their implications are pursued. It is argued that size has generally been defined in terms too global to permit its relation to organizational structure to be understood adequately. An alternative conceptualization is presented.

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