A society of organizations

  title={A society of organizations},
  author={Charles Perrow},
  journal={Theory and Society},
  • C. Perrow
  • Published 1989
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • Theory and Society
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 States is still insufficiently appreciated. The nineteenth-century industrial revolution, much of our politics and social structure, and many of the crises of the 1980s and 1990s must be reinterpreted in the light of "organizational variables." I cannot do all of this in an essay, but I lay out the… Expand
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