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Public administration

Author: Herbert A Simon
Publisher: New York, Knopf, 1950.
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Simon, Herbert A. (Herbert Alexander), 1916-2001.
Public administration.
New York, Knopf, 1950
(OCoLC)577393232
Online version:
Simon, Herbert A. (Herbert Alexander), 1916-2001.
Public administration.
New York, Knopf, 1950
(OCoLC)607909052
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Herbert A Simon
OCLC Number: 1630919
Description: xv, 582, xviii pages 22 cm
Contents: 1. What is public administration? : The nature of administration ; Public administration ; The growth of administration ; The study of administration ; Goals of public administration theory --
2. How governmental organizations originate : How problems give rise to organizations ; Dynamics of organization origin ; The post-natal period ; Determinants of form and structure ; Legal limitations and organizational form --
3. Human behavior and organization : Characteristics of behavior in organizations ; Influences upon the premises of behavior ; Influences from outside the organization ; Influences of the formal and informal organization ; Summary: the individual and the organization --
4. Building blocks of organization: formation of groups : Organization units ; The formation of social groups ; The role of the leader --
5.Building blocks of organization: group values : Typical group values ; How values are protected ; Efforts to keep the organization integrated --
6. Dividing the work: assigning jobs to individuals : Reasons for a pyramidal structure ; Meaning of division of work ; Why specialization affects efficiency and goals ; Plans for the division of work --
7.Dividing the work: specialization among organization units : Traditional structural theory ; The process of subdivision ; Consequences of specialization among units ; Control or accountability ; Securing expertness and economy ; Lowering the level for conflict settlement ; Control of policy development ; Program emphasis ; Other reasons for assignments of activities ; Planning organization structure --
8. Securing teamwork: authority : The meaning of "authority" ; Authority and the division of work ; Why people obey --
9. Securing teamwork: the structure of authority and status : Status in organization ; Functions of the hierarchy ; The structure of authority relationships --
10. Securing teamwork: the communication process : Role of communication in organization ; Elements of the communication system ; Barriers to effective communication --
11. Securing teamwork: the organization of communication : Securing distribution of communications ; Review and clearance devices ; Organization "memory" ; Intelligence units --
12. Large-scale organizations: the trend toward centralization : Organization decisions as composite decisions ; Tendency toward centralization --
13. Large-scale organizations: the consequences of centralization : "Line," "auxiliary," and "staff" units ; Myths surrounding the "auxiliary" and "staff" concepts ; Creation of counterpart units --
14. Large-scale organizations: intergroup relations : Conflict and cooperation ; Relations of counterpart units ; Special aspects of overhead review ; Relations between central offices and field units --
15. Selection of the team: civil service and recruitment : Problems of recruitment ; The merit principle ; Elimination of patronage and spoils --
16. Selection of the team: careers in government : Philosophy of the career principle ; Initial recruitment for the career system ; Specialization in the career structure ; Promotional opportunities ; Career service in general administration --
17. Selection of the team: personnel processes : Position-classification ; Compensation ; Service ratings ; Training --
18. The struggle for existence: organizational equilibrium : Organizational equilibrium ; Kinds of external support needed ; The motives for external support ; The psychology of adjustment ; The executive and organizational adjustment ; The conditions of survival --
19. The struggle for existence: the tactics of survival : Seeking legislative support ; Using the prestige of superiors and others ; Executive compromise and survival ; Seeking the support of important groups ; Seeking public support --
20. The strategy of planning : Nature of the planning process ; Concern of plans with future behaviors ; Goals and criteria of planning ; Implementing planning goals ; Organization for planning ; Pathology of planning --
21. The tactics of execution: reducing the costs of change : Overcoming resistances to plans ; Reducing inertia costs ; Reducing moral costs ; Reducing self-interest costs ; Reducing rationality costs ; Reducing subordination costs ; Group consultation --
22. The tactics of execution: securing compliance : Enlisting the support of existing values ; Detracting from desirability of old behavior ; Informal penalties ; Formal penalties ; Determining the degree of compliance ; The ethical climate of inducement ; Inducements as operations --
23. Evaluating administration efficiency : The meaning of efficiency ; Efficiency and organizational equilibrium ; The measurement of efficiency ; Efficiency and the budget ; Efficiency as a political symbol --
24. Administrative responsibility: formal controls : Judicial controls ; Accountability to the legislature ; Hierarchical controls ; Formal controls: conclusion --
25. Administrative responsibility: informal controls : Types of informal controls ; Is bureaucracy responsible? ; Strengthening accountability procedures.
Responsibility: [by] Herbert A. Simon, Donald W. Smithburg [and] Victor A. Thompson.

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