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Decisions Without Hierarchy by Kathleen Iannello

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The Starting Point of Organization Theory

Whether public or private, government or family, school or church, organizations have a significant influence on everything we do. “The development of organizations is the principle mechanism by which, in a highly differentiated society, it is possible to ‘get things done,’ to achieve goals beyond the reach of the individual.”1 Because of this, the study of organizations in society has received much attention. From the philosophers of ancient Greece to the corporate heads of the twentieth century, the question of how to organize in order to achieve specific goals and purposes has provoked interest.

Within the body of modern literature that has come to be known as organization theory, many studies ...

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