A small research company chooses too complicated and formalized an organization structure
for its young age and limited size. It flounders in rigidity and bureaucracy for
several years and is finally acquired by a larger company. My position in this article
is that the future of an organization may be less determined by outside forces than
it is by the organization's history. In stressing the force of history on an organization,
I have drawn from the legacies of European psychologists (their thesis being that
individual behavior is determined primarily by previous events and experiences, not
by what lies ahead).