Organizational Intelligence

Title:                      Organizational Intelligence

Author:                  Harold L. Wilensky

Wilensky, Harold L. (1967). Organizational Intelligence: Knowledge and Policy in Government and Industry. New York: Basic Books

LCCN:    67017540

JF1525.I6 W5


Date Updated:  September 3, 2015

This is a review by the Defense Intelligence School.[1]

The use and misuse of intelligence in government and business organizations are discussed by a sociologist. Heavy reading and does not truly accomplish the objectives desired. However, as one of the few books on the general “theory” of intelligence, it is considered of interest and value.

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[2]

An important work by a sociologist who examines the use and misuse of intelligence in both government and business organizations. Wilensky uses the case of strategic bombing to illustrate two kinds of “information pathology” (p. 1) “intelligence agencies tend to report what they think their leaders want to hear or see,” and (p. 2) “leaders see or hear what they want, no matter what intelligence is reported.”

[1] Defense Intelligence School (1981). Bibliography of Intelligence Literature: A Critical And Annotated Bibliography of Open-Source Literature (7th ed, rev.). Washington, DC: Defense Intelligence School, p. 72

[2] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 20


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