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Designing Effective Work Groups by Paul S. Goodman

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Responsibility and Effort in Organizations

Bibb Latané

Organizations, like individual human beings, have distinct identities, and in the form of corporations, they have the same kinds of legal rights and responsibilities as individuals, including being able to do business, own property, enter into contracts, and make profits.

In economic competition with individuals, however, organizations almost always win, because they have many advantages. Organizations provide for the multiplication of human effort—by assigning many people to the same tasks, much more can be done than if only one person were doing it all. They also allow for an efficient ...

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