Two Approaches to Organizational Analysis: A Critique and A Suggestion

Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 257-278, September

23 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2009

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: September 1, 1960

Abstract

The often-used goal model for measuring effectiveness is criticized. A system model is suggested and its advantages over the goal model specified. Mainly, the system model is theoretically more powerful and avoids certain value judgments. Two system models are compared: an often-used survival model and a rarely applied effectiveness model. The impact of either one on social action is briefly outlined.

Keywords: effectiveness, system model, social action

Suggested Citation

Etzioni, Amitai, Two Approaches to Organizational Analysis: A Critique and A Suggestion (September 1, 1960). Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 257-278, September . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1437011

Amitai Etzioni (Contact Author)

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United States

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