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A Metasystem Approach to Organizational Decision-Making


  • Walter J. M. Kickert

    (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)

  • John P. van Gigch

    (California State University, Sacramento)


The metasystem approach to organizational decision-making presented in this paper is set in a control systems framework. Decision-making is approached from a control systems viewpoint. The concept of metasystem is introduced as a framework for decision-making about decision-making, that is, the structuring of a decision-nuking process and the determination of organizational objectives. The metasystem framework is illustrated by means of examples drawn from a case study.

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  • Walter J. M. Kickert & John P. van Gigch, 1979. "A Metasystem Approach to Organizational Decision-Making," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 25(12), pages 1217-1231, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:25:y:1979:i:12:p:1217-1231

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    1. Ian I. Mitroff, 1972. "The Myth of Objectivity OR Why Science Needs a New Psychology of Science," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 18(10), pages 613-618, June.
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