Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89376
Authors: 
Dosi, Giovanni
Marengo, Luigi
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
LEM Working Paper Series 2013/14
Abstract: 
In this work we analyze the characteristics and dynamics of organizations wherein members diverge in terms of capabilities and visions they hold, and interests which they pursue. How does society put together such distributed and possibly coflicting knowledge? The question is Hayekian in its emphasis on the distributed features of the latter. However, our analytical point of departure is quite anti-Hayekian in that it focuses on how organizations aggregate and put to use such knowledge by means of different combinations among power of allocation of decisions and exercise of authority. Together, organizational power shapes the very preferences of organizational members. More specifically, we study the efficiency of different balances between the three foregoing mechanisms. In all that, organization for sure aggregate and make compatible different pieces of distributed knowledge, but the causation arrow goes also the other way round: organizations shape the characteristics and distribution of knowledge itself, and of the micro visions and judgements.
Subjects: 
authority
power
distributed knowledge
JEL: 
D21
D23
D71
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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