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Herbert Simon (3 Volume set)

1st Edition



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Herbert Simon (1916–2001) was a polymathic intellectual. A founding figure of the field of artificial intelligence, he gained renown in the 1950s (with Allen Newell) as the creator of the first ‘thinking machine’. Simon was also a central figure during the cognitive revolution in psychology in the 1960s as scientists began to use computer models to study the thought processes of humans. His desire to understand decision-making led him to develop his economic theory of ‘bounded rationality’ (he also coined the term ‘satisficing’) and in 1978 he won the Nobel Prize in economics for his pioneering research.

With a new introduction and an extensive bibliography, this three-volume Routledge Major Work is an invaluable research resource.

Table of Contents



Annotated Bibliography

1. B. R. Fry (1989) ‘Herbert A. Simon: A Decision-Making Perspective’, in B. R. Fry (ed.), Mastering Public Administration: from Max Weber to Dwight Waldo (Chatham, NJ: Chatham House Publishers), pp. 181–217.

2. S. P. Waring (1991) ‘Economics and Cybernetics: The Bureaucratic Rationality of Herbert A. Simon’, in S. P. Waring (ed.), Taylorism Transformed: Scientific Management Theory Since 1945 (Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press), pp. 49–77.

3. W. B. Wolf (1995) ‘The Barnard–Simon Connection’, Journal of Management History, 1, 4: 88–99.

4. A. Gabor (1999) ‘Herbert A. Simon: The Needle and the Haystack’, in The Capitalist Philosophers: The Geniuses of the Modern Business, Their Lives, Times and Ideas (New York: Times Business), pp. 225–57.

5. H. G. Rainey (2001) ‘A Reflection on Herbert Simon: A Satisfying Search for Significance’, Administration & Society, 33, 5: 491–507.

6. P. D. Larkey (2002) ‘Ask a Simple Question: A Retrospective on Herbert Alexander Simon’, Policy Sciences, 35: 239–68.

7. H. Schwartz (2002) ‘Herbert Simon and Behavioral Economics’, Journal of Socio-Economics, 31: 181–9.

8. M. Augier (2003) ‘The Economic Psychology of Herbert A. Simon: Introduction to a Special Issue’, Journal of Economic Psychology, 24: 135–41.

9. J. Bendor (2003) ‘Herbert A. Simon: Political Scientist’, Annual Review of Political Science, 6: 433–71.

10. J. L. Gow (2003) ‘Decision Man: Herbert Simon in Search of Rationality’, Canadian Public Administration-Administration Publique Du Canada, 46, 1: 120–7.

11. S. D. Sarasvathy (2003) ‘Entrepreneurship as a Science of the Artificial’, Journal of Economic Psychology, 24: 203–20.

12. E.-M. Sent (2004) ‘The Legacy of Herbert Simon in Game Theory’, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, 53: 303–17.

13. H. A. Simon (1944) ‘Decision-Making and Administrative Organization’, Public Administration Review, 4, 1: 16–30.

14. H. A. Simon (1946) ‘The Proverbs of Administration’, Public Administration Review, 6: 53–67.

15. H. A. Simon (1952) ‘Comments on the Theory of Organizations’, American Political Science Review, 46, 4: 1130–9.

16. H. A. Simon (1965) ‘Administrative Decision Making’, Public Administration Review, 25, 1: 31–7.

17. H. A. Simon (1965) ‘The Logic of Rational Decision’, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 16, 63: 169–86.

18. H. A. Simon (1973) ‘Organization Man: Rational or Self-Actualizing?’ Public Administration Review, 33, 4: 346–53.

19. H. A. Simon (1973) ‘Rational and/or Self-Actualizing Man’, Public Administration Review, 33, 5: 484–5.

20. H. A. Simon (1973) ‘The Organization of Complex Systems’, in H. H. Pattee (ed.), Hierarchy Theory (New York: Brazillier), pp. 1–27


21. H. A. Simon (1973) ‘The Structure of Ill Structured Problems’, Artificial Intelligence, 4: 181–201.

22. H. A. Simon and K. J. Gilmartin (1973) ‘A Simulation of Memory for Chess Positions’, Cognitive Psychology, 5: 29–46.

23. H. A. Simon (1980) ‘The Behavioral and Social Sciences’, Science, n.s., 209, 4452, Centennial Issue: 72–8.

24. H. A. Simon (1985) ‘Human Nature in Politics: The Dialogue of Psychology with Political Science’, American Political Science Review, 79, 2: 293–304.

25. H. A. Simon (1988) ‘Freedom and Discipline’, Religious Humanism, 22: 2–6.

26. M. J. Prietula and H. A. Simon (1989) ‘The Experts in your Midst’, Harvard Business Review, 67, 1: 120–4.

27. H. A. Simon (1995) ‘Guest Editorial’, Public Administration Review, 55, 5: 404–5.

28. C. E. Lindblom (1959) ‘The Science of “Muddling Through”’, Public Administration Review 19, 2: 79–88.

29. C. E. Lindblom (1979) ‘Still Muddling, Not Yet Through’, Public Administration Review, 39, 6: 517–26.

30. C. R. Davis (1996) ‘The Administrative Rational Model and Public Organization Theory’, Administration & Society, 28, 1: 39–60.

31. P. L. Cruise (1997) ‘Are Proverbs Really So Bad? Herbert Simon and the Logical Positivist Perspective in American Public Administration’, Journal of Management History, 3, 4: 342–59.

32. R. V. Bartlett and W. F. Baber (1999) ‘From Rationality to Reasonableness in Environmental Administration: Moving Beyond Proverbs’, Journal of Management History, 5, 2: 55–67.

33. P. L. Cruise (2004) ‘Positively No Proverbs Need Apply: Revisiting the Legacy of Herbert A. Simon’, International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, 7, 3: 363–84.

34. L. F. Urwick (1956) ‘The Manager’s Span of Control’, Harvard Business Review, 34, 3: 39–47.

35. C. Argyris (1973) ‘Some Limits of Rational Man Organizational Theory’, Public Administration Review, 33, 3: 253–67.

36. C. Argyris (1973) ‘Organization Man: Rational and Self-Actualizing’, Public Administration Review, 33, 4: 354–7.

37. F. C. Thayer (1974) ‘A Comment on the Argyris–Simon Debate’, Public Administration Review, 34, 2: 185–8.

38. H. A. Simon (1974) ‘A Comment on the Argyris–Simon Debate: Prof. Simon Responds’, Public Administration Review, 34, 2: 188.

39. T. L. Hammond (1990) ‘In Defense of Luther Gulick’s "Notes on the Theory of Organization", Public Administration, 68, 2: 143–73.

40. H. Laroche (1995) ‘From Decision to Action in Organizations: Decision-Making as a Social Representation’, Organization Science, 6, 1: 62–75.

41. K. J. Meier and J. Bohte (2000) ‘Ode to Luther Gulick: Span of Control and Organizational Performance’, Administration & Society, 32, 2: 115–37.

42. B. D. Jones (2002) ‘Bounded Rationality and Public Policy: Herbert A. Simon and the Decisional Foundation of Collective Choice’, Policy Sciences, 35, 3: 269–84.

43. K. J. Meier and J. Bohte (2003) ‘Span of Control and Public Organizations: Implementing Luther Gulick’s Research Design’, Public Administration Review, 63, 1: 61–70.

44. F. Cesarano (1985) ‘On the Variability of Monetary Unions’, Journal of International Economics, 19: 367–74.

45. E. Ostrom (1991) ‘Rational Choice Theory and Institutional Analysis: Toward Complementarity’, American Political Science Review, 85, 1: 237–43.

46. D. K. Mumby and L. L. Putnam (1992) ‘The Politics of Emotion: A Feminist Reading of Bounded Rationality’, Academy of Management Review, 17, 3: 465–86.

47. C. Murphy (1992) ‘Reason, Bounded Rationality, and the Lebenswelt: Socially Sensitive Decision Making’, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 51, 3: 293–304.

48. P. Mongin (2000) ‘Does Optimization Imply Rationality?’ Synthese, 124: 73–111.


49. M. F. Shakun (2001) ‘Unbounded Rationality’, Group Decision and Negotiation, 10: 97–118.

50. Y. Hanoch (2002) ‘Neither an Angel nor an Ant: Emotion as an Aid to Bounded Rationality’, Journal of Economic Psychology, 23: 1–25.

51. N. J. Foss (2003) ‘Bounded Rationality in the Economics of Organization: “Much Cited and Little Used”’, Journal of Economic Psychology, 24: 245–64.

52. R. Muramatsu and Y. Hanoch (2005) ‘Emotions as a Mechanism for Boundedly Rational Agents: The Fast and Frugal Way’, Journal of Economic Psychology, 26: 201–21.

53. H. M. Blalock (1961) ‘Evaluating the Relative Importance of Variables’, American Sociological Review, XXVI: 866–74.

54. P. Soelberg (1967) ‘Unprogrammed Decision Making’, Industrial Management Review, 8, 2: 19–29.

55. T. Tammi (2003) ‘Simon’s and Siegel’s Responses to the “Mixed Strategy Anomaly”: A Missed Case in the Sensitivity of Economics to Empirical Evidence’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 27, 1: 85–96.

56. Y. S. Chen, P. P. Chong and J. S. Kim (1992) ‘A Self-Adaptive Statistical Language Model for Speech Recognition’, Cybernetica, 35, 2: 103–27.

57. M. A. Goodrich, W. C. Stirling and E. R. Boer (2000) ‘Satisficing Revisited’, Minds And Machines, 10, 1: 79–110.

58. R. Franz (2003) ‘Herbert Simon. Artificial Intelligence as a Framework for Understanding Intuition’, Journal of Economic Psychology, 24: 265–77.

59. R. N. Langlois (2003) ‘Cognitive Comparative Advantage and the Organization of Work: Lessons from Herbert Simon’s Vision of the Future’, Journal of Economic Psychology, 24: 167–87.

60. L. F. Dennard (1995) ‘Neo-Darwinism and Simon’s Bureaucratic Antihero’, Administration & Society, 26, 4: 464–87.

61. T. W. Zawidzki (1998) ‘Competing Models of Stability in Complex, Evolving Systems: Kauffman vs. Simon’, Biology and Philosophy, 13: 541–54.

62. T. Knudsen (2003) ‘Simon’s Selection Theory: Why Docility Evolves to Breed Successful Altruism’, Journal of Economic Psychology, 24: 229–44.

63. R. Shaw (2003) ‘The Agent–Environment Interface: Simon’s Indirect or Gibson’s Direct Coupling?’ Ecological Psychology, 15, 1: 37–106.

64. S. Downes (1990) ‘Herbert Simon’s Computational Models of Scientific Discovery’, in PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, Vol. I (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), pp. 97–108.

65. J. Z. Shapiro (1989) ‘Contextual Limits on Validity Attainment: An Artificial Science Perspective on Program Evaluation’, Evaluation and Program Planning, 12: 367–74.

66. P. E. Earl (2001) ‘Simon’s Travel Theorem and the Demand for Live Music’, Journal of Economic Psychology, 22: 335–58.

67. T. J. Lowi (1992) ‘The State in Political Science: How We Become What We Study’, American Political Science Review, 86, 1: 1–7.

68. H. A. Simon (1993) ‘The State of American Political Science: Professor Lowi’s View of our Discipline’, PS: Political Science and Politics, 26, 1: 49–51.

69. T. J. Lowi (1993) ‘A Review of Herbert Simon’s Review of my View of the Discipline’, PS: Political Science and Politics, 26, 1: 51–2.

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