Control + Coordination ≠ Control + Democracy

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(1), 43–44. Reviews the book, Managerial Control and Organizational Democracy edited by Bert King, Siegfried Streufert and Fred E. Fiedler (1978). This collection is intended to examine a number of developments at the frontiers of research which pertain to designing and evaluating new, more democratic systems for managing organizations and leading work groups. In addition to the value of the individual papers, a distinguishing feature of the volume is the success of authors in focusing their analysis and the implications of their empirical work on meaningful questions. This is a very interesting and well-edited volume, the editors' decision to change the title of the book from the title of the conference seems ill advised. The contents of the volume deal much more directly with coordination and control of group and organizational performance than with organizational democracy. The criterion of success held by the writers seems to be the success of the organization in achieving goals as defined. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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