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Organization Structure and Strategies of Control: A Replication of the Aston Study

John Child
Administrative Science Quarterly
Vol. 17, No. 2 (Jun., 1972), pp. 163-177
DOI: 10.2307/2393951
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2393951
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

A replication of the Aston study of organization structure, employing the original measurements, reports data secured from a sample of eighty-two British organizations. The replication confirms the tight nexus between specialization, standardization of procedures, paperwork, and vertical span expressed by the concept "structuring of activities." In contrast to the Aston study, centralization of decision making is found to be related negatively to structuring in a way that conforms closely to Webers description of the bureaucratic mode of administrative control. Further examination of the replication results draws attention to problems in carrying forward the Aston program of comparative organizational research, problems both of a theoretical and operational nature.

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