Contexted Decision Making

>A Socio-organizational Perspective
  • David Weeks
  • Sam Whimster


The central purpose of this chapter is to consider the role of decisions and the nature of decision-making processes within large-scale organizations in advanced capitalist societies from a sociological viewpoint. We shall start, in the section, Decision Making in Organizations, by outlining the major conceptualizations of organizational decision making that have been predominant in the research literature and ask how effective and realistic such analyses are in describing and understanding the nature and role of decisions.


Decision Making Social Process Strategic Action Contexted Decision Communicative Rationality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Weeks
    • 1
  • Sam Whimster
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyCity of London PolytechnicLondonEngland

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