Organization Theory: Modern, Symbolic and Postmodern Perspectives

Paperback | December 4, 2012

byMary Jo Hatch, Ann L. Cunliffe

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Organization Theory offers a clear and comprehensive introduction to the study of organizations and organizing processes. It encourages an even-handed appreciation of the main perspectives defining our knowledge of organizations and challenges readers to broaden their intellectual reach.Organization Theory is presented in three parts:Part I introduces the reader to theorizing using the multi-perspective approach. Part II presents different core concepts useful for analysing and understanding organizations - as entities within an environment, as social structures, technologies, cultures and physical structures, and as theproducts 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 ideas, including organizational identity theory, process and practice theories, and aesthetics.An Online Resource Centre accompanies this text and includes:For students:* Multiple Choice QuestionsFor registered adopters:* Lecturer's guide* PowerPoint slides* Figures and tables from the book

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Organization Theory offers a clear and comprehensive introduction to the study of organizations and organizing processes. It encourages an even-handed appreciation of the main perspectives defining our knowledge of organizations and challenges readers to broaden their intellectual reach.Organization Theory is presented in three parts:P...

Mary Jo Hatch (PhD Stanford, 1985) is the C. Coleman McGehee Eminent Scholars Research Professor of Banking and Commerce, Emerita, at the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Visiting Professor Gothenburg University, and an International Research Fellow of...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:358 pagesPublished:December 4, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199640378

ISBN - 13:9780199640379

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Table of Contents

Part I What is Organization Theory?1. Why Study Organization Theory?2. A Brief History of Organization TheoryPart II Core Concepts and Theories3. Organization-Environment Relations4. Organizational Social Structure5. Technology6. Organizational Culture7. The Physical Structure of Organizations8. Organizational Power, Control, and ConflictPart III Looking Back and Looking Forward9. Theory and Practice10. Loose Ends: Some Promising New Ideas in Organization Theory

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"I very much welcome this second edition of Organization Theory. As a textbook it is not only comprehensive and instructive, but also original and evocative - it makes a significant contribution to the study of organizations. In particular the book demonstrates convincingly the advantages oftaking a multiperspectival approach to organization theory. Taking the student through the complex literatures of modern, symbolic, and postmodern analysis it offers the reader a repertoire of new ways of understanding complex organizations. In my view it is a mist for students of organization." --John Hassard, Manchester University (Review from previous edition)