Disorganization theory and disorganizational behavior: Towards an etiology of messes

  title={Disorganization theory and disorganizational behavior: Towards an etiology of messes},
  author={Eric Abrahamson},
  journal={Research in Organizational Behavior},
Abstract This article develops a theory of messes, defined as disorderly accumulations of varied entities. More specifically, it examines disorder caused by individual, or collective human agents, in hierarchically-ordered and complex systems - systems composed of sub-systems that, in turn, have their own subsystems, and so on. Such hierarchical-complex systems include filing systems (filing cabinet, drawers, and folders), formal organizational systems (Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents, and… Expand

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