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Joan Woodward

subjects Joan Woodward writes about Operations
Joan Woodward's profile Conducted research on organization design, and the impact of technology.

Woodward's work is one of the earliest pieces on contingency theory. In this chapter of her book, she documents how technology affects organization. She conducted a survey of industrial firms (N = 80, although in some of her tables N is smaller), and discovered that a number of organizational characteristics corresponded with technical advance, including "the length of the line of command; the span of control of the chief executive; the percentage of total turnover allocated to the payment of wages and salaries, and the ratios of managers to total personnel, of clerical and administrative staff to manual workers, of direct to indirect labour, and of graduate to non-graduate supervision in production departments." (page 51) Woodward groups and subsequently analyzes the firms based on three types of production, unit/small batch, mass/large batch, and process. The unit/small batch production firm are the least technically advanced, while the process production firms are the greatest.


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Industrial Organization: Theory and Practice
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Industrial Organization: Theory and Practice has rightly been described as a "classic" in the history of organizational theory. First published in 1965 it was a major contribution to the development...

Ranking at Amazon 1333798
 Oxford University Press
 February 1981 - Paperback
 Operations
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Industrial Organization: Behaviour and Control,
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 Oxford University Press
 December 1970 - Hardcover
 Operations
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