Organizational Realities: Studies of Strategizing and Organizing

Hardcover | April 21, 2006

byWilliam H. Starbuck

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William H. Starbuck is one of the most creative, productive, and wide-ranging writers in management and organization studies. His work spans three decades and encompasses a whole variety of issues, yet it has never been collected together in one place. This book does just that - bringingtogether his most seminal writings, prefaced by a personal reflection on some of the themes and conclusions of that emerge from this, and the context in which they were written. What emerges from this is a picture of organizations and their strategies that emphasizes the characteristics of real-life human beings: their idiosyncratic preferences, their distrust for each other, their struggele for dominance, their personal interests which don't always coincide with theinterests of the organization, and the internal politicking and contests between interest groups that take place in organizations. Some chapters review research literature, some report empirical findings, some propose conceptual reformulations, and some offer advice to managers. This book will be a unique guide to the work of an influential thinker in management and organization studies, and will be of interest to academics, researchers, and students of management, strategy, and organization studies.

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William H. Starbuck is one of the most creative, productive, and wide-ranging writers in management and organization studies. His work spans three decades and encompasses a whole variety of issues, yet it has never been collected together in one place. This book does just that - bringingtogether his most seminal writings, prefaced by a...

William H. Starbuck is Professor in Residence, Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon. Author of numerous articles on a wide-ranging set of issues relating to organizational behavior and strategy, he is also a former editor of Administrative Science Quarterly and co-editor of The Handbook of Organizational Design (with Pa...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:656 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.59 inPublished:April 21, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199288518

ISBN - 13:9780199288519

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Preface: Realistic Perspectives on Organizing and StrategizingOrganizational Growth and Development and Environmental Relations1. Organizational growth and development2. Organizations and their environments3. coauthored with Bo L. T. Hedberg and Paul C. Nystrom: Camping on seesaws: Prescriptions for a self-designing organizationOrganizational Learning and Strategizing Part 14. coauthored with Arent Greve and Bo L. T. Hedberg: Responding to crises5. Organizations as action generators6. coauthored with Paul C. Nystrom: To avoid organizational crises, unlearn7. Acting first and thinking later: Theory versus reality in strategic changePerceptions and Learning Part 18. coauthored with Paul C. Nystrom: Organizational facades9. coauthored with Frances J. Milliken: Executives' perceptual filters: What they notice and how they make sense10. coauthored with Frances J. Milliken: Challenger: Changing the odds until something breaksOrganizing and Strategizing in Knowledge-Intensive Firms, Control Systems Part 111. coauthored with E. Jane Webster: When is play productive?12. Learning by knowledge-intensive firms13. Keeping a butterfly and an elephant in a house of cards: The elements of exceptional success14. How organizations channel creativityStrategizing Part 215. Strategizing realistically in competitive environments16. coauthored with P. Narayan Pant: Trying to help SandLs: How organizations with good intentions jointly enacted disaster17. Unlearning ineffective or obsolete technologiesAncient Issues in Organizing, Control Systems Part 218. coauthored with Violina P. Rindova: Distrust in dependence: The ancient challenge of superior-subordinate relations19. coauthored with Violina P. Rindova: Ancient Chinese theories of controlPerceptions and Learning Part 220. coauthored with Bo L. T. Hedberg: How organizations learn from success and failure21. coauthored with Susan Reilly Salgado and John M. Mezias: The accuracy of managers' perceptions: A dimension missing from theories about firms22. coauthored with John M. Mezias: Studying the accuracy of managers' perceptions: A research odysseyStrategizing Part 323. coauthored with Michael L. Barnett and P. Narayan Pant: Which dreams come true? Endogeneity, industry structure, and forecasting accuracy