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Pattern in Corporate Evolution$
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Neil M. Kay

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242115

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242115.001.0001

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. Complexity and Hierarchy

. Complexity and Hierarchy

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(p.228) 11. Complexity and Hierarchy
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Pattern in Corporate Evolution
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NEIL M. KAY

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242115.003.0011

This chapter examines how hierarchy helps to cluster linkages in nested layers to facilitate decision making. It also explores the concept of ‘complexity’ and its role in strategic decision making and the behaviour of institutions. The chapter first examines the role relationship between task complexity, novelty, and routinization, and the implications of research in cognitive psychology for hierarchical structures. It then examines how clustering of related activities within hierarchical levels helps organizations handle complexity.

Keywords:   hierarchy, linkages, decision making, complexity, task complexity, novelty, routinization, cognitive psychology

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