Management Department

 

Date of this Version

1987

Citation

Academy of Management Review, 1987, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 486-498.

Comments

Published by Academy of Management. Used by permission.

Abstract

Conceptualizations of interdependence offered by Thompson (1967) and McCann and Ferry (1979) fail to satisfy basic requirements for empirical or practical investigations of complex organizations. An alternative conceptualization based on interdependence theory (Kelley & Thibaut, 1978; Thibaut & Kelley, 1959) is presented here and used to explain the causes of interunit conflict and the effective- ness of coordination strategy. Hypotheses are presented, and future research is proposed.

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