Data, decisions, and design

The upshot is that the study of individual decision-making needs to be extended to make provision for the efficient deployment of individuals and groups within an organization. Cognitive anthropology, organization theory, and evolutionary psychology are all implicated.

(Oliver Williamson, 1998).

In the study of public organizations, we often forget about the jointness of organizational design, the information needs of deciders, and the nature of human cognition. Williamson is reminding us that we can’t study one without studying the others. They’re jointly responsible for organizational outcomes.