• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

The "organization linkage" concept is relatively new. This book provides a unique and very valuable approach to the study of organizations - how do actions among individuals and groups affect (or not affect) organizations as a whole, and vice versa. This ground-breaking book shows how to bridge the gap between the traditional micro and macro camps of organizational studies.

Tools for Linkage Analysis
Tools for linkage analysis

This chapter begins our exploration of tools for organizational linkage analysis. When we think about the Barings bankruptcy, the productivity paradox, impacts of training in the mining example, or ValuJet, we need some tools for analysis. Table 3.1 identifies the major tools for organizational linkage analysis. This chapter explores (a) outcome coupling and (b) positive and negative feedback systems as analytic tools for understanding why changes in activities and outcomes in some unit or level affect activities and outcomes at another level. Other concepts of (a) limiting conditions and (b) compensatory process mechanisms are only listed here and then explored in detail in Chapters 5 and 6, respectively. My goal is to show the reader a quick snapshot ...

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