The Diffusion of an Administrative Innovation
AbstractThis paper examines the diffusion of a particular kind of multidivisional administrative structure---the "M-Form"---in two classes of large industrial firms. The M-Form organization is a multidivisional structure with quasi-independent divisions which are assigned profit center standing and which are monitored and guided by a headquarters organization. A simple deterministic model commonly employed to represent the diffusion of technological innovations is utilized to explain the diffusion of the M-Form structure. The commendable performance of the model suggests that additional insights from the study of technological innovation can be applied with advantage to the study of administrative innovation.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.
Volume (Year): 26 (1980)
Issue (Month): 5 (May)
economics; organizational studies: design; research and development;
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