© 1983

Tinbergen Lectures on Organization Theory


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Martin J. Beckmann
    Pages 1-34
  3. Martin J. Beckmann
    Pages 35-63
  4. Martin J. Beckmann
    Pages 64-93
  5. Martin J. Beckmann
    Pages 94-126
  6. Martin J. Beckmann
    Pages 127-167
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 168-177

About this book


In this book Professor Beckmann, with considerable ingenuity, offers a mathematical analysis of productive organizations in the widest sense. Starting with descriptive features he builds up, step by step, production functions, profiting from the rigor of a set of axioms or assumptions and their logical implications. Among the organizations studied hierarchies play a predominant role and are compared with such forms of cooperation as partnerships and "ladders". A number of well-known basic concepts such as span of control, rank, line vs. staff and others serve as starting points. His analysis leads to such refinements as balanced, regular or degenerated organization patterns and interesting comparisons of the efficiency of various structures. Empirical verification of the axioms or assumptions is not the objective chosen by the author--except a few concrete illustra­ tions--but the book constitutes an excellent basis for such research. Several of the results obtained take simpler forms for very large hierarchies. The renewed interest, shown in political discussions, in the bureaucratization of both large enterprises and government machinery makes Dr. Beckmann's work highly topical. Discussions (by Bahro) of the GDR and by many other authors of Japanese management as compared with American or western European are cases in point. Some additional variables may then have to be added, of a psychological nature: for instance satisfaction from work or irritation evoked by excessive supervision.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.Institut für Angewandte MathematikTechnische Universität MünchenMünchen 2Germany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Tinbergen Lectures on Organization Theory
  • Authors Martin Bach
  • Series Title Texts and Monographs in Economics and Mathematical Systems
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-12646-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-96781-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-96779-5
  • Series ISSN 1431-9349
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 176
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Organization
    Operations Research/Decision Theory
    Business Strategy/Leadership
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