Organization Theory: From Chester Barnard to the Present and Beyond

Paperback | October 1, 1987

EditorOliver E. Williamson

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This collection of papers is edited by renowned business thinker Oliver Williamson, who is currently Transamerica Professor of Corporate Strategy at the School of Business Administration at Berkeley. The fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Chester I. Barnard's remarkable and stillinfluential book, The Functions of the Executive, was celebrated with a seminar series at the University of California, Berkeley in the Spring of 1988. Eight of those lectures are published here. The contributors include organization specialists and sociologists (Barbara Levitt and James March; W.Richard Scott; Glenn Carroll; Jeffrey Pfeffer), an anthropologist, a political scientist, and two economists (Mary Douglas; Terry Moe; Oliver Hart; Oliver Williamson). An important contribution to organization theory, this volume reports on recent progress in this field, and projects a productiveresearch future.

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This collection of papers is edited by renowned business thinker Oliver Williamson, who is currently Transamerica Professor of Corporate Strategy at the School of Business Administration at Berkeley. The fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Chester I. Barnard's remarkable and stillinfluential book, The Functions of the Executive,...

Oliver E. Williamson is at University of California, Berkeley.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.17 × 6.06 × 0.87 inPublished:October 1, 1987Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ContributorsOliver E. Williamson: Introduction1. Barbara Levitt and James G. March: Chester I. Barnard and the Intelligence of Learning2. W. Richard Scott: Symbols and Organizations: From Barnard to the Institutionalists3. Glenn R. Carroll: On the Organizational Ecology of Chester I. Barnard4. Jeffrey Pfeffer: Incentives in Organizations: The Importance of Social Relations5. Mary Douglas: Converging on Autonomy: Anthropology and Institutional Economics6. Terry M. Moe: The Politics of Structural Choice: Toward a Theory of Public Bureaucracy7. Oliver Hart: An Economist's Perspective on the Theory of the Firm8. Oliver E. Williamson: Chester Barnard and the Incipient Science of Organization9. Oliver E. Williamson: Transaction Cost Economics and Organization TheoryIndex

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"Organization Theory gives evidence that the study of organizations has been proceeding productively."--Journal of Economic Literature