TITLE

How to Organize Crime

AUTHOR(S)
BACCARA, MARIAGIOVANNA; BAR-ISAAC, HESKI
PUB. DATE
October 2008
SOURCE
Review of Economic Studies;Oct2008, Vol. 75 Issue 4, p1039
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In criminal organizations, diffusing information widely throughout the organization might lead to greater internal efficiency (in particular, since these organizations are self-sustaining, through enhancing trust). However, this may come at the cost of leaving the organization more vulnerable to external threats such as law enforcement. We consider the implications of this trade-off and characterize the optimal information structure, rationalizing both �hierarchical� structures and organization in cells. Then, we focus on the role of the external authority, characterize optimal detection strategies, and discuss the implications of different forms of enforcement on the internal structure of the organization and policy. Finally, we discuss a number of applications and extensions.
ACCESSION #
34188627

 

Related Articles

  • REPAIRING RELATIONSHIPS WITHIN AND BETWEEN ORGANIZATIONS: BUILDING A CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATION. DIRKS, KURT T.; LEWICKI, ROY J.; ZAHEER, AKBAR // Academy of Management Review;Jan2009, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p68 

    How can relationships be repaired after being damaged? There is a small but growing body of work on the topic from a number of different disciplinary perspectives using different theoretical lenses and at different levels of analysis. We begin by examining the existing streams of work on...

  • Integration Through Incentives Within Differentiated Organizations. Kretschmer, Tobias; Puranam, Phanish // Organization Science;Nov/Dec2008, Vol. 19 Issue 6, p860 

    Drawing on the concepts of organizational differentiation and integration, we present a formal analysis of the manner in which these two consequences of specialization shape the effectiveness of collaborative incentives in complex organizations. We show that ignoring the coordination challenges...

  • The Effects of Organizational Size and Complexity on Managerial Role Structure: An Exploratory Analysis. Beard, Donald W. // Academy of Management Proceedings (00650668); 

    Organization size and complexity's effects on four structural attributes of managerial roles are explored in organizations selected from three industries differing widely in the mean size and complexity of their organizations. Significant differences on two of the structural variables were found...

  • Social Structure and Alliance Formation Patterns: A Longitudinal Analysis. Gulati, Ranjay // Administrative Science Quarterly;Dec95, Vol. 40 Issue 4, p619 

    This study explores how social structure affects interfirm alliance formation patterns. It proposes that the social context emerging from prior alliances and considerations of strategic interdependence influence partnership decisions between firms. This social network facilitates new alliances...

  • A LANGUAGE FOR ORGANIZATIONS DESIGN: PART II. Ansoff, H. I.; Brandenburg, R. G. // Management Science;Aug1971, Vol. 17 Issue 12, pB-717 

    This paper develops a language for designing the structure of a purposive organization so as to maximize organizational performance potential for achieving given objectives. Four categories of performance attributes are specified, each contributing to the particular objectives an organization...

  • Distrust Can Be Costly. Pace, Ann // T+D;Oct2010, Vol. 64 Issue 10, p14 

    The article discusses Deloitte LLP research company's 2010 "Ethics & Workplace Survey" which was conducted among U.S. adults including 300 Fortune 1,000 executives. Statistics compare employees' and executives' responses to a question about trust in terms of morale, team-building and...

  • Determinants of Organizational Effectiveness in Responding to Low Probability Catastrophic Events. Mileti, Dennis S.; Sorensen, John H. // Columbia Journal of World Business;Spring87, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p13 

    The behavior of organizations and interoganizational networks in response to the occurrence of low probability catastrophic events has long been a topic of investigations by organization scholars. The purpose of this paper is to synthesize the findings of past research and to use this record to...

  • Governing Adaptation. RANTAKARI, HEIKKI // Review of Economic Studies;Oct2008, Vol. 75 Issue 4, p1257 

    To remain competitive, an organization must both respond to information about its environment and coordinate its activities. We analyse how the allocation of decision rights within an organizational hierarchy influences the organization�s ability to solve such problems of coordinated...

  • CONFLICT AS AN ASSET AN ORGANIZATIONAL PERSPECTIVE. Henkin, Alan B.; Singleton, Carole A. // International Review of Modern Sociology;Autumn84, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p207 

    The authors provide an explication of relevant conflict research with particular focus on functional properties of the phenomenon related to change in human organizations Regulated conflict is viewed as a resource and potential asset in the process of movement toward increased organizational...

Share

Read the Article

Other Topics