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Complex Organizations: A Critical Essay
This classic in organizational theory provides a succinct overview of the principal schools of thought as it presents a critical, sociopsychological, and historical orientation to the field ofExpand
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Organizing to Reduce the Vulnerabilities of Complexity
Complex and tightly coupled systems are inherently vulnerable to major system accidents, but some difficult structural changes can reduce their vulnerability. They can be decomposed into units thatExpand
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The Next Catastrophe: Reducing Our Vulnerabilities to Natural, Industrial, and Terrorist Disasters
Preface to the Paperback Edition vii Acknowledgments xlix Part One: Introduction and Natural Disasters li Chapter 1 Shrink the Targets 1 Chapter 2 "Natural" Disasters? 14 Part Two: Can GovernmentExpand
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Normal accidents : living with high-risk technologies : with a new afterword and a postscript on the Y2K problem
Abnormal Blessings vii Introduction 3 1. Normal Accident at Three Mile Island 15 2. Nuclear Power as a High-Risk System: Why We Have Not Had More TMIs--But Will Soon 32 3. Complexity, Coupling, andExpand
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A society of organizations
  • C. Perrow
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  • 1 December 1991
It is a commonplace today that organizations are a key element of U.S. society and those of other industrialized nations. I argue here that the importance of large organizations in the United StatesExpand
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Economic theories of organization
Until the last ten years or so the relationship between economics and organizational analysis has been a quite distant one. Most economic theorists treated the organization as an entrepreneur in aExpand
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Insurgency of the Powerless: Farm Worker Movements (1946-1972).
Drawing on the perspective developed in recent work by Oberschall (1973), Tilly (1975) and Gamson (1975), we analyze the political process centered around farm worker insurgencies. Comparing theExpand
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Organizing America: Wealth, Power, and the Origins of Corporate Capitalism
The article reviews the book “Organizing America: Wealth, Power and the Origins of Corporate Capitalism,” by Charles Perrow.
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Normal accident at three Mile Island
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