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Organizational images : towards a model of organizations

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dc.contributor.advisor Roger Petersen. en_US Krishnan, Neel en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Political Science. en_US 2012-10-26T18:10:56Z 2012-10-26T18:10:56Z 2011 en_US 2012 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Political Science, June 2012. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 93-94). en_US
dc.description.abstract This study develops a general theoretical framework for the analysis of organizational behavior by focusing on the notion that organizations develop unique information-processing frameworks, which it labels "organizational images" or "images of operations," that strongly determine their behavior. The model is then used to draw inferences about the forms of counterinsurgency strategies practiced by the US military in the second war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan. The paper argues that militaries tend to view the tasks they undertake in terms of the coercive application of force, and that this tendency tends to determine the forms of counterinsurgency strategies they chose, leading them to eschew strategies that rely on bargaining with enemy forces. The purported dominance of this coercive "image of operations" is then investigated in military field reports from the war in Afghanistan. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Krishnan, Neel. en_US
dc.format.extent 94 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
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dc.subject Political Science. en_US
dc.title Organizational images : towards a model of organizations en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Political Science. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 813458586 en_US

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