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Introduction to Theory of Control in Organizations

1st Edition

By Vladimir N. Burkov, Mikhail Goubko, Nikolay Korgin, Dmitry Novikov

CRC Press

346 pages | 69 B/W Illus.

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Introduction to Theory of Control in Organizations explains how methodologies from systems analysis and control theory, including game and graph theory, can be applied to improve organizational management. The theory presented extends the traditional approach to management science by introducing the optimization and game-theoretical tools required to account for the special nature of human beings being viewed as control objects.

The book introduces a version of mechanism design that has been customized to solve the problems that today’s managers must contend with. All mathematical models and mechanisms studied are motivated by the most common problems encountered by managers in firms and non-profit organizations.

Requiring no prior knowledge of game theory or mechanism design, the book includes a systematic introduction to the underlying methodology of modern theory of control in organizations. The authors use formal methods to construct robust and efficient decision-making procedures which support all aspects and stages of management activity over all decision horizons—from operational to strategic management.

The mathematical and methodological backgrounds of the organizational mechanisms discussed are not limited to game theory but also include systems analysis, control theory, operations research, and discrete mathematics.

The book includes a set of exercises in each chapter—from simple to advanced—that provide the reader with the understanding required to integrate advanced methods of optimization, game theory, and mechanism design into daily managerial practice.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Control and Mechanisms in Organizations

Control Problems in Organizational Systems

Models of Decision Making

Basics of Game Theory

Classification of Control Problems in Organizational Systems

Examples of Control Mechanisms

Planning Mechanisms

Taxation and Pricing Mechanisms

Multichannel Mechanisms

Incentive Mechanisms for Cost Reduction

Incentive Mechanisms

Incentive Problem

Basic Incentive Mechanisms

Incentive Mechanisms in Multi-Agent Systems

Mechanisms of Distributed Control

Planning Mechanisms

Incomplete Information in Organizational Systems

Revelation of Information

Mechanisms of Resource Allocation

Mechanisms of Transfer Prices

Expert Mechanisms

Basic Model of Adverse Selection

Rank-Order Tournaments

Informational Control Mechanisms

Model of Informational Control

Reflexive Games

Informational Equilibrium

Applied Models of Informational Control

Mechanisms of Organizational Structure Design

Problems of Organizational Hierarchy Design

Models of Organizational Structure Design

General Model of Management Hierarchy

Optimal Tree-Shaped Hierarchies

Conclusion

Topics for Self-Study

Literature

About the Authors

Vladimir Burkov, Doctor of Sc., Professor, Full member of Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

In 1960s Vladimir Burkov was the father of the academic school of control in organizations. Now he is the author of dozens books on control theory, game theory, graph theory, discrete optimization, and management, a vice-president of IPMI-SOVNET, and the manager of many successful consulting projects. V. Burkov is a head of the department at the V.A. Trapeznikov Institute of Control Sciences of Russian Academy of Sciences, the leading academic center of Russian control theory.

Mikhail Goubko, Doctor of Sc., Professor of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

Mikhail Goubko belongs to the core of the academic school of control in organizations. He studies mathematical methods of complex systems' structure optimization and their applications in different fields. Works at the V.A. Trapeznikov Institute of Control Sciences of Russian Academy of Sciences.

Nikolay Korgin, Doctor of Sc., Professor of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

Nikolay Korgin belongs to the core of the academic school of control in organizations. His interests include mechanism design and experimental game theory along with their applications in management. He has rich experience in research and teaching the theory of control in organizations. Works at the V.A. Trapeznikov Institute of Control Sciences of Russian Academy of Sciences.

Dmitry Novikov, Doctor of Sc., Professor, Head of Control Sciences Department at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Corresponding member of Russian Academy of Sciences.

Dmitry Novikov is the leader of the theory of control in organizations. He is the author of dozens of books and hundreds of papers on different aspects of control and management. D. Novikov is a deputy director of the V.A. Trapeznikov Institute of Control Sciences of Russian Academy of Sciences.

About the Series

Systems Evaluation, Prediction, and Decision-Making

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MAT000000
MATHEMATICS / General
MAT003000
MATHEMATICS / Applied
MAT011000
MATHEMATICS / Game Theory