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Team theory, garbage cans and real organizations: some history and prospects of economic research on decision-making in organizations

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  • Robert Gibbons

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This essay attempts to articulate and advance a long-term agenda for organizational economics. The essay begins with a general discussion of four specific items on this agenda, and then moves to a more specific discussion of decision-making in organizations--beginning with two polar-opposite conceptions (team theory and garbage cans) and then describing several recent economic models. Part of the rationale for writing this essay is that this agenda has both substantive and methodological commonalities with the work of James March. Copyright 2003, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Industrial and Corporate Change.

Volume (Year): 12 (2003)
Issue (Month): 4 (August)
Pages: 753-787

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Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:12:y:2003:i:4:p:753-787

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  1. Berde, Éva & Ványolós, István, 2006. "A felsőoktatási döntéshozatal szemetesláda-modellje
    [The waste model of decision-making in higher education]
    ," Közgazdasági Szemle (Economic Review - monthly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Közgazdasági Szemle Alapítvány (Economic Review Foundation), Közgazdasági Szemle Alapítvány (Economic Review Foundation), vol. 0(5), pages 465-480.
  2. Robert Gibbons, 2005. "What is Economic Sociology and Should any Economists Care?," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 19(1), pages 3-7, Winter.
  3. Rehn, Eric, 2007. "Public Hospitals - Incentives and Organization," Working Papers, Lund University, Department of Economics 2007:13, Lund University, Department of Economics, revised 01 Apr 2008.

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