March and the pursuit of organizational intelligence: The interplay between procedural rationality and sensible foolishness

William Ocasio, Luke Rhee, Dylan Boynton

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Abstract

March's long and varied career in organization theory encompasses a number of seemingly disparate themes from rationality, to ambiguity and the garbage can model, to exploration and exploitation in organizations. We examine March's diverse research trajectory and conclude that his different insights can be brought together under one common theme for his career: that both procedural rationality and sensible foolishness are necessary for the pursuit of organizational intelligence. Traditional models of rationality, even bounded rationality, are insufficient because goals are unstable and inconsistent, and causal ambiguity leads to myopic learning or worse. To explain the interplay between procedural rationality and sensible foolishness in organizations, we explore their role in the inter-related processes of programing, monitoring, sensemaking, search, and decision making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-239
Number of pages15
JournalIndustrial and Corporate Change
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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