A Look at the Sociotechnical System

Keller, Robert T.
September 1972
California Management Review;Fall72, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p86
Academic Journal
A survey of some of the recent research shows the importance of socio- technical variables to organizational design and management action. Rather than seeking "the one best way to manage," this article sees a contingency model of management systems and technological conditions as having excellent promise for designing effective organizations.


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