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Form Follows Function?


Dvora Yanow is a policy and organizational ethnographer and interpretive methodologist whose research and teaching are shaped by an interest in the communication of meaning in organizational and policy settings. She is Visiting Professor, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences/Political Science Department, University of Amsterdam.


It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and all things superhuman, … that form ever follows function. This is the law.

—Louis H. Sullivan, 1896

Form follows failure.

—Henry Petroski, 1993