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This memorandum describes (1) a research program and (2) the laboratory in which the program is being pursued. The research is devoted to the study of man-machine systems, with particular emphasis on the men and their organizational properties. The laboratory has been constructed in such a way that a number of particular arrangements of men and machines may be studied. A generalized model, the Information Processing Center, for organizational research, is described in some detail.

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