Faculty Publications

Title

Beyond Organizational Rationality: Toward a more Relevant Image of Organizations

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Management Education

Volume

15

Issue

4

First Page

465

Last Page

477

Abstract

A simple and general model of organizations is proposed as the foundation for a course in which the organization is not treated as an all-rational entity. The model defines organizations as probability distributions of decisions along a rational-political continuum, achieving a balance between the simple but inadequate rational metaphor and the rich but complicated multimetaphor approach. The management course on which this model is superimposed, in turn, achieves a balance between convenience and relevance. © 1991, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1991

DOI of published version

10.1177/105256299101500407

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