Organizations Structures, Processes and Outcomes

ISBN-10: 0132448408
ISBN-13: 9780132448406
Edition: 10th 2009
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Description: Based upon classical and contemporary theory and empirical research, this text forms a sociological analysis of organizations, focusing on the impacts that organizations have upon individuals and society.

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Book details

List price: $96.60
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 10/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Based upon classical and contemporary theory and empirical research, this text forms a sociological analysis of organizations, focusing on the impacts that organizations have upon individuals and society.

Preface
Introduction
Thinking About Organizations
Overview
Why Study Organizations?
Organizational Impacts
The Nature of Organizations
The Plan of the Book
Summary and Conclusions
Exercises
Organizational Structure
Organizational Structure: Key Dimensions
Overview
Defining Organizational Structure
Studying Organizational Structure: Early Research on the Bureaucratic Form
Sociological Studies of Formal Structure in Organizations
Dimensions of Formal Structure
Relations Between Complexity, Formalization, and Centralization
Summary and Conclusions
Exercises
Organizational Structure: Explanations
Overview
Effects of Size
Effects of Technology
Combined Effects of Size and Technology
In Practice: Functional, Product, and Matrix Forms of Organization
Effects of Internal Culture
Environmental Effects on Structure: External Culture
Creating Formal Structure: Debates over Process
Summary and Conclusions
Exercises
Organizational Processes
Power and Power Outcomes
Overview
The Nature of Power in Organizations
Authority and Power
Other Types of Power
Shifts in Power
Power Outcomes: Compliance and Involvement
Power Outcomes: Conflict
The Components of Conflict Situations
The Outcomes of Conflict
Summary and Conclusions
Exercises
Leadership
Overview
What Is Leadership?
The Outcomes of Leadership for Organizations
Leadership in the Voluntary Organization
Summary and Conclusions
Exercises
Decision-Making
Overview
Organizations as Systems of Decisions
Strategic Decision-Making
Strategies of Power and Decision-Making
Summary and Conclusions
Exercises
Communication
Overview
The Importance of Communication
Individual Factors
Organizational Factors
Vertical Communication
Horizontal Communication
Communication Problems
Communication to and from Outside the Organization
Possible Solutions
Summary and Conclusions
Exercises
Managing Organizational Environments: Conceptions of the Environment
Overview
"Discovering" Organizational Environments
Defining the Environment
Perceiving the Environment
Summary and Conclusions
Exercises
Managing Organizational Environments: General Paradigms
Overview
The Contingency Paradigm
The Resource Dependence Paradigm
The Transaction Cost Paradigm
The Institutional Paradigm
The Population Ecology Paradigm
Combining Paradigms
Summary and Conclusions
Exercises
Outcomes
Organizational Performance and Change
Overview
Problems of Defining Organizational Goals
Approaches to Organizational Effectiveness
Evaluating Organizational Performance: Key Issues
Organizational Change and Transformation
Organizational Change: Learning and Transformation
Transformational Change
Summary and Conclusions
Exercises
References
Name Index
Subject Index

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