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ORGANIZATIONAL CONTROL: AN EVOLUTIONARY PERSPECTIVE*

T. K. Das

Journal of Management Studies, 1989, vol. 26, issue 5, 459-475

Abstract: Much of the literature on organizational control processes has traditionally been based on concepts of cybernetics, power, and authority. This article explores an alternative way of looking at the control phenomenon by introducing the idea of an evolutionary ‘controlling’ cycle. This idea is derived by modifying the basic organizing cycle (enactment, selection, retention) to a hierarchical form, with two distinct components. The model is then applied to understand the basic control modes informing markets, bureaucracies and clans. The article concludes with some comments on the likely future directions of the bureaucratic mode of organizational control.

Date: 1989
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