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The Management of Innovation$
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Tom Burns and G. M. Stalker

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198288787

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198288787.001.0001

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Mechanistic and Organic Systems of Management

Mechanistic and Organic Systems of Management

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(p.96) Chapter 6 Mechanistic and Organic Systems of Management
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The Management of Innovation
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TOM BURNS

G. M. STALKER

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198288787.003.0006

This chapter reviews the more general considerations which support the view that effective organization of industrial resources, even when considered in its rational aspects alone, does not approximate to one ideal type of management system, but alters in important respects in conformity with changes in extrinsic factors. These extrinsic factors are all identifiable as different rates of technical or market change. By ‘change’ is meant the appearance of novelties such as new scientific discoveries or technical inventions, and requirements for products of a kind not previously available or demanded.

Keywords:   organization, industrial resources, management system, market change, technical inventions

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