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Environmental Uncertainty: The Construct and Its Application

H. Kirk Downey, Don Hellriegel and John W. Slocum, Jr.
Administrative Science Quarterly
Vol. 20, No. 4 (Dec., 1975), pp. 613-629
DOI: 10.2307/2392027
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2392027
Page Count: 17
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Abstract

Fifty-one division managers of a United States conglomerate were studied to examine the conceptual and methodological adequacy of Duncan's and Lawrence and Lorsch's uncertainty scales. Additionally, Duncan's complexity-dynamism hypothesis was replicated. The internal reliability of both scales and their respective subscales was supported given alternative scoring methods for both scales. Overlap between the two scales was small. Comparisons of the scales with criterion measures produced disappointing results. The replication of Duncan's complexity-dynamism experiment produced contradictory results.

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