Coordination and Output Attainment in Work Units Performing Non-routine Tasks: A Cross- National Study

Joseph L.C. Cheng, Edwin L. Miller

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Based on an information-processing perspective (Galbraith 1972), a theoretical pro position is advanced which predicts that for work units performing non-routine tasks, the effect of unit coordination on output attainment is contingent on the sources from which the unit acquires information for task performance. This proposition is tested using a cross-national research design. Data from four national samples — Austria, Belgium, Hungary, and Poland — of academic research units support the proposition. The results reinforce the need for a contingency approach to the study of coordination and performance in organizations. They also provide some insight into the interplay between society and organization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-38
Number of pages16
JournalOrganization Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1985
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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