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Research Note: Problems of Data and Measurement in Interorganizational Studies of Hospitals and Clinics
Robert R. Alford
Administrative Science Quarterly
Vol. 19, No. 4 (Dec., 1974), pp. 485-490
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc. on behalf of the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2391805
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This note questions the usefulness of certain data sources, specifically the AHA Guide to the Health Care Field and the Directory of Social and Health Agencies in New York City, for studies of such interorganizational variables as autonomy, fragmentation, complexity, and differentiation. It identifies problems concerning ambiguities in the data themselves and ambiguities in the basic concepts which appear when empirical specification is attempted.
Administrative Science Quarterly © 1974 Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University