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Organization Theory : Modern, Symbolic, and Postmodern Perspectives,9780199260218

Organization Theory : Modern, Symbolic, and Postmodern Perspectives

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2nd
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9780199260218

ISBN10:
0199260214
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Pub. Date:
3/16/2006
Publisher(s):
Oxford University Press, USA
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Summary

Organization Theory offers a clear and comprehensive introduction to the study of organizations and organizing processes. It encourages an even-handed appreciation of the different perspectives contributing to our knowledge of organizations and challenges readers to broaden their intellectualreach. Organization Theory is in three parts: BL Part I introduces the multi-perspective approach. BL Part II presents many ways in which organizations can be analyzed - as entities within an environment, as social structures, technologies, cultures and physical structures, and as the products of power and political processes. BL Part III explores applications of organization theory to the practical matters of organizational design and change, and introduces the latest perspectives on the horizons of organization theory, including complex adaptive systems, organizational identity theory, critical realism, network theory,aesthetics, and organizational learning. Online Resource Centre For lecturers: PowerPoint slides, exam questions, teachig suggestions, a discussion forum, case studies and exercises with instructor's notes. For Students: annotated web links, and discussion questions.

Author Biography


Mary Jo Hatch is the C. Coleman McGehee Eminent Scholars Research Professor of Banking and Commerce at the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia and Adjunct Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
Ann Cunliffe is Associate Professor in the Anderson Schools of Management at the University of New Mexico.

Table of Contents

List of figures xxii
List of tables xxiv
PART I What is Organization Theory? 1(60)
1 Why Study Organization Theory?
3(22)
Theories and theorizing organizations
4(4)
Concepts and abstraction in theory development
8(2)
Multiple perspectives
10(8)
Plan of the book
18(2)
Summary
20(1)
Key terms
21(1)
Endnotes
21(1)
References
22(3)
2 A Brief History of Organization Theory
25(36)
Organization theory at its inception
26(10)
Modernist influences on organization theory
36(5)
Symbolic-interpretive influences
41(6)
Some postmodern influences
47(8)
Summary
55(2)
Key terms
57(1)
Endnotes
57(1)
References
58(2)
Further reading
60(1)
PART II Core Concepts and Theories 61(232)
3 Organization and Environment
63(38)
Defining the organizational environment
65(12)
Modernist theories relating organizations to their environments
77(8)
Symbolic-interpretive environmental analysis
85(5)
Postmodernism and organization–environment relations
90(6)
Summary
96(2)
Key terms
98(1)
Endnotes
98(1)
References
99(1)
Further reading
100(1)
4 Organizational Social Structure
101(40)
Origins of the social structure concept
102(7)
Modernist theories of organizational social structure
109(17)
Symbolic-interpretive approaches
126(5)
Postmodern approaches to social structure
131(3)
Summary
134(1)
Key terms
135(1)
Endnotes
135(1)
References
136(2)
Further reading
138(3)
5 Technology
141(34)
Modernist definitions and three typologies
142(11)
Technology in the symbolic-interpretive perspective
153(3)
Postmodernism and technology
156(5)
Combining technology with social structure and environment
161(9)
Summary
170(1)
Key terms
170(1)
Endnotes
171(1)
References
171(1)
Further reading
172(3)
6 Organizational Culture
175(46)
What is organizational culture and how did it become part of organization theory?
178(3)
Modernist approaches to organizational culture
181(10)
Symbolic-interpretive organizational culture research
191(11)
Postmodernism and organizational culture
202(1)
Deconstructing organizational culture
203(4)
Changing culture
207(6)
Summary
213(1)
Key terms
213(1)
Endnotes
214(1)
References
215(3)
Further reading
218(3)
7 The Physical Structure of Organizations
221(30)
Elements of physical structure
223(9)
Linking technology, social and physical structure
232(7)
Physical structure, organizational culture and identity
239(7)
Summary
246(1)
Key terms
246(1)
Endnotes
246(1)
References
247(3)
Further reading
250(1)
8 Organizational Power, Control and Conflict
251(42)
Modernist conceptions of power, politics and control
253(12)
Critical studies of power and control
265(5)
Feminist and postmodern conceptions of power and control
270(9)
Organizational conflict in relation to environment, social structure, technology, culture, physical structure and power
279(8)
Summary
287(1)
Key terms
288(1)
Endnotes
289(1)
References
290(2)
Further reading
292(1)
PART III Practical Issues and New Directions in Organization Theory 293(54)
9 Theory in Practice
295(30)
Organizational design
296(12)
Organizational change
308(5)
Organizational learning and knowledge management
313(9)
Summary
322(1)
Key terms
322(1)
Endnotes
323(1)
References
323(1)
Further reading
324(1)
10 New Directions in Organization Theory
325(22)
The paradigm wars, revisited
325(3)
Critical realism
328(2)
Complexity theory
330(2)
Network theories of organizing
332(3)
Organizational identity
335(3)
The aesthetics of organizations and organizing
338(3)
Summary
341(1)
Key terms
341(1)
Endnotes
341(1)
References
342(3)
Further reading
345(2)
Index 347


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