ERIC Number: ED148021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Organization Set Size and Diversity: Links Between People Processing Organizations and Their Environment.
Whetten, David A.; Aldrich, Howard
The purpose of this study of 69 manpower organizations is to investigate the organizational and environmental factors that determine the size and composition of social service agencies' organization sets. The unit of analysis is the organization set, defined as consisting of those organizations with which a focal organization has direct links. Two models of organization-environment interaction are considered--the resource dependence model and the natural selection model. This paper examines the differences in emphasis placed on autonomy versus constraint, and uses it to raise some questions about public policy and the design of human service delivery systems. Examined are two properties of the organization sets of manpower organizations: the size of the set, and the extent to which organizations in the set are concentrated in particular sectors of the organizational population of a community, or are dispersed across the entire range of possible organizational types. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
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