Friday, July 28, 2006

Complexity theory and high reliability organizations (HROs)

This reading list was compiled by Dan Farber in connection with Designing Institutions for a Complex World:

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Argote, L., Beckman, S. L., & Epple, D. (1990) The Persistence and Transfer of Learning in Industrial Settings. Management Science, 36(2): 140-154.

Baum, J. A. C., & Ingram, P. (1998) Survival-Enhancing Learning in the Manhattan Hotel Industry, 1898-1980. Management Science, 44(7): 996-1016.

Beckman, C. M., & Haunschild, P. R. (2002) Network Learning: The Effects of Partners' Heterogeneity of Experience on Corporate Acquisitions. Administrative Science Quarterly, 47(1): 92-124.

Bosselman, Fred, and A. Dan Tarlock. (1994) The Influence of Ecological Science on American Law: An Introduction, Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 69: 847.

Cyert, R. M., & March, J. G. (1963) A Behavioral Theory Of The Firm. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall.

De Holan, P. & Phillips, N. (2004) Remembrance of Things Past? The Dynamics of Organizational Forgetting. Management Science, 50: 1603-1613.

Duncan, Francis. Rickover: The Struggle for Excellence. (2001). Annapolis: Naval Institute Press.

Freeman, J. and Farber, D. (2005). Modular Environmental Regulation. Duke Law Journal 54: 795-912.

Houck, O. (2006) Can We Save New Orleans? Tulane Environmental Law Journal 19: 1-68.

Levitt, B., and March, J.G. (1988) Organizational Learning. Annual Review of Sociology, 14: 319-340.

March, J. G., Sproull, L., and Tamuz, M. (1991) Learning from Samples of One or Fewer. Organization Science, 2: 1-13.

McCurdy, H.E. (1994) Inside NASA: High Technology and Organizational Change in the U.S. Space Program. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press.

Miller, J.G. (1972) Living Systems. New York: McGraw Hill.

National Research Council (2002) Review Procedures for Water Resources Project Planning. National Academies Press., Wash., D.C.

National Research Council (2004) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Planning: A New Opportunity for Service. National Academies Press, Wash., D.C.

Nelson, R. R., & Winter, S. G. (1982) An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Schroeder, Manfred. (1991) Fractals, Chaos, Power Laws: Minutes from an Infinite Paradise. W.W. Freeman & Co.

Seed, R.B., et al. Independent Levee Investigation Team, DRAFT REPORT available at (last visited July 23, 2006).

Staw, B. M., Sandelands, L. E., & Dutton, J. E. (1981) Threat-Rigidity Effects in Organizational-Behavior -- a Multilevel Analysis. Administrative Science Quarterly, 26(4): 501-524.

Turner, B. A. (1976) Organizational and Interorganizational Development of Disasters.
Administrative Science Quarterly, 21(3): 378-397.

Wolf, F. A. (1980) Taking the Quantum Leap. New York: Harper & Row.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you should add Atkinson's Agile organization to your list. It's actually on-line and free.

I noticed that S. Atkinson will speak on high reliability issues in Deauville in France on May 29. I'm definitely going there:

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