Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
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.
Digital Commons Citation
Lohmann, Roger A., "The Principles of Organizational Inaction" (2019). Faculty Scholarship. 857.
An earlier version of this article appeared as Principles of Organizational Inaction. The Bureaucrat. 8.2. (Summer, 1979). 87-89.