Industrial Organization: Theory and Practice by Joan Woodward

Industrial Organization: Theory and Practice

byJoan WoodwardIntroduction byDorothy Wedderburn, Sandra Dawson

Paperback | December 1, 1980

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This book has rightly been described as a "classic" in the history of organizational theory. First published in 1965 it was then compared in significance to the Hawthorne studies; it was a major contribution to the devlopment of contingency theory and our understanding of the relationshipbetween technology and organizations.The book stood in marked contrast to the traditions of scientific management. Combining detailed empirical research and a pioneering analytical framework it suggested that technology and production systems played acrucial role in shaping effective organizational structures. In doing so Woodwardoffered lasting insights into issues of levels of hierarchy and spans of management control - issues that today might be discussed in terms of "delayering" and "process re-engineering".Not surprisingly Woodward's work was a springboard for much subsequent research and many of her specific observations have been widely debated and challenged. Yet, as Sandra Dawson and Dorothy Wedderburn write in their Introduction, "the main thesis of the book is well known...however, this is abook where to know its main thesis is no substitute for reading the book itself. Joan Woodward's ideas remain one of the cornerstones of our knowledge of our organizations."

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The late Joan Woodward was at Imperial College, London. Dorothy Wedderburn and Sandra Dawson are both at the Management School, Imperial College, London.
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Title:Industrial Organization: Theory and PracticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:December 1, 1980Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198741227

ISBN - 13:9780198741220

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`Woodward made a lasting contribution to the school of contingency theory ... Woodward's findings - notably that different types of production process had particular structures, management hierarchies, and "spans on control" ... remain relevant today ... Much of what she discovered has beenincorporated into received management wisdom.'Financial Times