Organizational Behavior: Foundations, Theories, and Analyses

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Chapter 22
Theories of Decision Process

Administrative Behavior and Organizations Background Theory of Administrative Behavior Theory of Organizations Theoretical Extensions Evaluation and Impact

Behavioral Theory of the Firm, the Garbage Can, and Organizational Learning Background Behavioral Theory of the Firm Garbage Can Model Further to Organizational Learning Evaluation and Impact

Organizing and Sensemaking Background Organizing Theory Sensemaking Theory Evaluation and Impact

Conclusions

We turn now to a topic that has been with organizational behavior since its early beginnings. Theories of organizational decision making have played an important role in the field, not only in their own right but also in their implications for other topic areas. Thus, it is appropriate to take these theories up last among those of a first-generation nature. They cast a wide net across the field, spanning both micro and macro variables, and thus achieving a solid status as meso theories as well.

This chapter derives much of its content from a handful of seminal books. These books are Herbert Simon's (1947) Administrative Behavior, James March and Simon's (1958) Organizations, Richard Cyertand March's (1963) A Behavioral Theory of the Firm, and two books by Karl Weick—The Social Psychology of Organizing (1969, 2nd edition 1979) and Sensemaking in Organizations (1995). We will cover much more ground, but these books are the major sources.

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