ERIC Number: ED242945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Organizational and Systems Theory: An Integrated Review. Technical Report 595.
Swezey, Robert W.; And Others
A review of the theoretical and empirical literature was conducted to identify, in a systems framework, organizational processes and dimensions associated with effective functioning. Potential methodologies for use in controlled organizational experimentation were also explored. Literature was reviewed according to an empirically derived six-factor taxonomy. The factors were multidimensional information processing, organizational systems dynamics, organizational change technologies, management authority/compliance characteristics, organizational coordination, and goal orientation. Research pertaining to industrial, academic, and military organizations was included. It was concluded that simulation appears to be an appropriate methodology for controlled experimentation with organizations. Eleven research needs were identified that appear to be appropriate both for extending the state-of-the-art in organizational/systems psychology and for possible consideration in developing an organizational test bed. (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Army Research Inst. for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Alexandria, VA.
Authoring Institution: Science Applications, Inc., McLean, VA. Behavioral Sciences Research Center.