"A critical introduction to Organisation Theory that you can understand, apply and enjoy!" This book addresses fundamental questions such as what is organisation theory and why does it matter. It explores the historical development of organization theory from its origins right up to present-day debates. It asks what challenges it presents to contemporary organisations, and explores the solutions it can provide. Organization Theorybrings a fresh approach to long-standing questions and is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students for whom the study of organizational theory or analysis is an integral part of their degree programme.
Chapter 1: Organization theory: challenges and perspectives
Chapter 2: Organization theory: what is it, and why does it matter?
Chapter 3: Modernist organization theory: back to the future?
Chapter 4: Neo-modernist organization theory: putting people first?
Chapter 5: Neo-modernist organization theory: surfing the new wave?
Chapter 6: From Classical beginnings to New Wave leadership and management: the evolution of management theory
Chapter 7: Postmodernist organization theory: new organizational forms for a new millennium?
Chapter 8: Postmodernism as a philosophy: the ultimate challenge to organization theory?
Chapter 9: Reflective organization theory: symbols, meanings and interpretations
Chapter 10: Reflexive organization theory: critical theory, psychoanalysis, and feminist organization theory
Chapter 11: Perspectives and challenges