The Distribution of Authority in Formal Organizations

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FOREWORD

THIS VOLUME, The Distribution of Authority in Formal Organizations, is the third in a series of four related studies which have been proceeding under the direction of Professor Zaleznik. The other two, Role Development and Interpersonal Competence by David Moment and Abraham Zaleznik, and The Executive Role Constellation by Richard C. Hodgson , Daniel J. Levinson, and Abraham Zaleznik, were published by the Division of Research in 1963 and 1965 respectively. The final volume is expected in 1969. The items of this series are related by a common interest in the exploration of three major dimensions of organization research: (1) the process of role taking and its relationship to personality; (2) the dynamics of interpersonal behavior, especially in the setting of the small group; and (3) organization structure, particularly as it establishes the constraints, or the initial "givens," around which role and interpersonal behavior develop.

This latest volume is a study of the impact and developing effects over a two-year period of a series of changes in organizational structure and arrangements in a research and development center. It utilizes the approach of a field experiment to assess the effects of these changes on the productivity and satisfaction of the professional personnel engaged in research and development work. The research focuses on a newly promoted director -- a scientist-executive -- and his organization of some 150 engineers, scientists, and managers engaged in technical development work for the larger parent organization. The director introduced a series of ideas designed to alter the authority make-up of the center in an attempt to improve the effectiveness of the organization. These changes are described as structural changes in that

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword v
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • TABLE OF Contents xi
  • List of Tables xiii
  • LIST OF FIGURES xiii
  • Chapter I- Formal Organization in Research and Practice 1
  • Chapter II- Case History 9
  • Summary 33
  • Chapter III- Authority, Power, and Influence 35
  • Chapter IV 56
  • Summary 101
  • Chapter V- Change in Organizations 108
  • Summary 146
  • Chapter VI- Conclusion 148
  • IN CONCLUSION 168
  • Chapter VII- Another Point of View 169
  • Appendix A 191
  • Appendix B- The Concept of Authority and Organizational Change 199
  • Reference FootNotes 213
  • Bibliography 217
  • AUTHOR Index 225
  • SUBJECT Index 227
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