A model of classical organizational structure: A look at administrative intensity

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Abstract

Classic management propositions are formalized in a model giving a mathematical expression for the interrelationships of the basic elements of organizational structure: size, hierarchical levels, and horizontal divisions. One proposition derived from this model is that as the size of an organization increases, the administrative ratio increases. This is in direct contrast to a proposition from Blau's organizational theory. In the model administrative intensity decreases with organizational growth only during temporary stages of growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalThe Journal of Mathematical Sociology
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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