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Organizational Diseconomies of Scale

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  • McAfee, R Preston
  • McMillan, John

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Private information creates a cost of operating a hierarchy, which becomes larger as the hierarchical distance between the information source and the decision maker increases. When information about a firm's capabilities is dispersed among the individuals in the firm, production is inefficient even though everyone behaves rationally. Because hierarchies need rents in order to function, a firm with a long hierarchy may not be viable in a competitive industry. Copyright 1995 by MIT Press.

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  • McAfee, R Preston & McMillan, John, 1995. "Organizational Diseconomies of Scale," Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 4(3), pages 399-426, Fall.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jemstr:v:4:y:1995:i:3:p:399-426:a
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