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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


Organization inaction and the absence of change are seriously understudied topics. This article (a spoof) reports on a research problem that identifies and studies four principles of organizational inaction: The time, subject matter, group size and controversy theorems together and separately explain a great deal of committee and organizational inaction. The article also introduces innovative techniques of invariant statistics and mystery sampling. The article is an extensive rewrite of a 'research report' that originally appeared in a peer-reviewed administrative humor journal, The Bureaucrat, in 1979.

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An earlier version of this article appeared as Principles of Organizational Inaction. The Bureaucrat. 8.2. (Summer, 1979). 87-89.



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