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A Structural Model of Organizational Decision-making

  • W. J. M. Kickert

Abstract

This paper is an attempt to develop a descriptive model of organizational decision-making. We state that in order to explain the process of decision-making, the usual concept of rationality in terms of goals is insufficient. A new kind of structural rationality is proposed in which phases as well as aspects and actors are considered.

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© The World Organisation of General Systems and Cybernetics 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. J. M. Kickert
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Industrial EngineeringTechnological UniversityEindhovenThe Netherlands

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