Response To "Intelligence Failures: An Organizational Economics Perspective”
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April 29, 2015
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Incentive problems can range from an agent’s desire to mimic the opinions of superiors, as the agent’s future career depends on evaluations from those superiors, to larger, more organizational problems stemming from its hierarchy.
Top management has little time to evaluate the plethora of information agents gather, so each piece of information must go through a hierarchical filter on its way from the bottom to the top...
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Agents and managers on lower levels want to make fewer mistakes (false positives), and so fewer false information pieces are accepted and passed along the chain; however, this is as the cost of failing to act on a good piece of information (false negative). A looser hierarchy would inevitably produce a wider and more diverse set of data, though not as reliable...
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