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ERIC Number: ED099900
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 43
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Reference Count: 0
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An Information Processing Model of Organizations: A Focus on Environmental Uncertainty and Communication Network Structuring.
Danowski, James A.
In this paper, an information processing model of social systems is developed with particular concern for large complex organizations. In explicating the sixteen assumptions and propositions of the model, the literature on environmental uncertainty, interorganizational communication, technology, and their effects on internal organizational processes is reviewed. A multiple regression analysis of data from a large eastern financial institution strongly supports four propositions: (1) the greater the zone size, the greater the complexity of the internal communication network of the system, (2) the greater the zone integration, the less the complexity of the internal communication network of the system, (3) the greater the system openness, the greater the complexity of the internal communication network of the system, and (4) the greater the system size, the less the complexity of the internal communication network of the system. (Author/RB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association, New Orleans, 1974; marginal reproducibility, not available in hard copy