76: Comparative Analysis of Organizations – Charles Perrow76: Comparative Analysis of Organizations – Charles Perrow – Talking About Organizations Podcast
Talking About Organizations is a very nice podcast where a mixed, international group of organisation scholars discuss classic works.
This is a classic and a half – and mindboggling that Perrow died only in 2019 – and links to very contemporary discussions about the ‘drift’ of organisations and elements in organisations.
The structure of an organization depends
upon the kind of task it typically performs.
Routine tasks suggest specialization,
formal-ization, hierarchy, and centralized
power; nonroutine tasks are better
performed under the opposite conditions.
Tasks are defined cognitively as search
procedures and excep-tions encountered.
Original paper: https://www.tarjomefa.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/5481-English.pdf
Review of it as a classic paper, with critical comments from Perrow himself in 1981: