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Administrative Behavior

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  172 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In this fourth edition of his ground-breaking work, Herbert A. Simon applies his pioneering theory of human choice and administrative decision-making to concrete organizational problems. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the book's original publication, Professor Simon enhances his timeless observations on the human decision-making process with commentaries examin ...more
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 384 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Free Press (first published 1947)
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Shagun Tripathi
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
First published in 1947, this book is known to be one of the most influential texts in social sciences. I say social sciences, because the subject matter of the book though focused in Administrative Behaviour, touches upon a wide variety of disciplines such as public administration, political science and economics. Also, I observe that although the title of the book is “Administrative Behaviour”, the central theme is better exposed by the subtitle which says “A Study of Decision Making Processes ...more
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
A lot of insight in terms of understanding behavior inside of administrations, both public and private. The concept of "bounded rationality" plays a big role in Simon's theoretical framework. This is a dry book, and Simon is open throughout with the fact that he is merely trying to set up a bare bones framework to enable more serious research into the development of a "science" of administration. A secondary concept, that of the "satisficing" administrator, is also useful: that as opposed to the ...more
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it

Solid foundational description of organizational dynamics relative to decision-making.
Nick Klagge
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
An interesting experience, reading this book. For one thing, my copy is an extremely old beat-up paperback that I got as a free library remainder from the NY Fed, so it was literally falling apart as I was reading it, and I would generally be carrying around a chunk of about 50 pages at any given time.

Herbert Simon is an extremely influential and original thinker. He is the only person ever to have won the Nobel Prize in econ and the Turing Prize, which is like the Nobel Prize for computer scien
Sep 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
For class again, more interesting than the other one. Makes me think of my dad. Tired of looking at it too.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Still in print, and still relevant, after all these decades.
Aug 10, 2012 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: non-fiction
There are some brilliant ideas in here but omg it's such a slog to get through.
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: econ
Solid and foundation perspectives in Organisational behaviour.
Not so easy to get through but it was worthy the time spent.
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
An excellent book on the theory of management. Simon is a Nobel Prize winner, so this book is not an easy read. It has to be read slowly & thoughtfully, but it is well worth the effort.
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Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is rightly regarded as a classic of organizational psychology because it goes through what most people take for granted, especially because bureaucracies are composed of people.
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