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Path Dependence and Organizational Behavior: Bureaucracy and Social Promotion

Robinson, S. E. and Meier, Kenneth John 2006. Path Dependence and Organizational Behavior: Bureaucracy and Social Promotion. American Review of Public Administration 36 (3) , pp. 241-260. 10.1177/0275074006288299

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Abstract

A long tradition in public administration describes administrative decision making as incremental. Despite the dominance of incremental models of decision making, few quantitative studies of administrative behavior take the implications of incrementalism seriously. This article introduces two concepts (path dependence and path contingency) to facilitate quantitative models investigating incrementalism in public agencies. The article illustrates the utility of these concepts in model building by analyzing school district promotion policies. The results show that path contingency and path dependence reveal interesting dynamics of promotion standards that traditional analyses would overlook.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Uncontrolled Keywords: Path dependence; organization theory; educational policy; social promotion
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0275-0740
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:34
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/41126

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