Organization Theory Modern, Symbolic, and Postmodern Perspectives

ISBN-10: 0199260214
ISBN-13: 9780199260218
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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List price: $79.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

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 intellectual reach. Organization Theory is in three parts: Part I introduces the multi-perspective approach. 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. 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 PowerPoint Slides, annotated web links, instructor resources such as case studies and exercises with instructor notes, teaching suggestions, discussion questions, exam questions.

Ann Cunliffe is Professor of Organization Studies at the University of Leeds. She previously held positions at the University of New Mexico, California State University, the University of New Hampshire, USA and the University of Hull, UK. She is also a Visiting Professor at Funda��o Getulio Vargas, Brazil and the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Ann's current research interests lie at the intersection of organizational studies, philosophy and communications, to examine how organizational life, identities and action are shaped in living conversations. In particular, she is interested in exploring how we can engage in collaborative, responsive and ethical ways of managing organizations.nbsp; Other interests include: leadership; self-work; sensemaking; collaboration; developing reflexive approaches to management research, practice and learning; and expanding the reach and 'rigor' of non-positivist qualitative research. Her recent publications include the co-authored book Key Concepts in Organization Theory with John Luhman (2012), and articles in Organizational Research Methods, Human Relations, Management Learning, the Journal of Management Studies, and Organization Studies. In 2002 she was awarded the Breaking the Frame Award from the Journal of Management Inquiry for 'the article that best exemplifies a challenge to existing thought'. Ann is currently co Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Management Learning and Consulting Editor of Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management. She is a member of 8 international editorial boards, was Division Chair of the Critical Management Studies Division of the Academy of Management (2010) and organizes the biennial Qualitative Research in Management and Organization Conference. She received her PhD. and M.Phil. from Lancaster University, UK.

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What is Organization Theory?
Why Study Organization Theory?
Theories and theorizing organizations
Concepts and abstraction in theory development
Multiple perspectives
Plan of the book
Summary
Key terms
Endnotes
References
A Brief History of Organization Theory
Organization theory at its inception
Modernist influences on organization theory
Symbolic-interpretive influences
Some postmodern influences
Summary
Key terms
Endnotes
References
Further reading
Core Concepts and Theories
Organization and Environment
Defining the organizational environment
Modernist theories relating organizations to their environments
Symbolic-interpretive environmental analysis
Postmodernism and organization-environment relations
Summary
Key terms
Endnotes
References
Further reading
Organizational Social Structure
Origins of the social structure concept
Modernist theories of organizational social structure
Symbolic-interpretive approaches
Postmodern approaches to social structure
Summary
Key terms
Endnotes
References
Further reading
Technology
Modernist definitions and three typologies
Technology in the symbolic-interpretive perspective
Postmodernism and technology
Combining technology with social structure and environment
Summary
Key terms
Endnotes
References
Further reading
Organizational Culture
What is organizational culture and how did it become part of organization theory?
Modernist approaches to organizational culture
Symbolic-interpretive organizational culture research
Postmodernism and organizational culture
Deconstructing organizational culture
Changing culture
Summary
Key terms
Endnotes
References
Further reading
The Physical Structure of Organizations
Elements of physical structure
Linking technology, social and physical structure
Physical structure, organizational culture and identity
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Key terms
Endnotes
References
Further reading
Organizational Power, Control and Conflict
Modernist conceptions of power, politics and control
Critical studies of power and control
Feminist and postmodern conceptions of power and control
Organizational conflict in relation to environment, social structure, technology, culture, physical structure and power
Summary
Key terms
Endnotes
References
Further reading
Practical Issues and New Directions in Organization Theory
Theory in Practice
Organizational design
Organizational change
Organizational learning and knowledge management
Summary
Key terms
Endnotes
References
Further reading
New Directions in Organization Theory
The paradigm wars, revisited
Critical realism
Complexity theory
Network theories of organizing
Organizational identity
The aesthetics of organizations and organizing
Summary
Key terms
Endnotes
References
Further reading
Index

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