Organizations and Organizing: Rational, Natural and Open Systems Perspectives

Paperback | October 12, 2006

byW Richard Scott, Gerald F. Davis

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For advanced undergraduate courses on organizations, sociology of organizations, organizations & management, and organization theory.  Courses can be found in the departments of sociology, business and public administration departments.


Organizations and Organizing: Rational, Natural and Open Systems 1/e, covers the early history of organization studies, provides a comprehensive framework for comparing competing theoretical paradigms, and addresses major developments in the most recent decade.  Its scholarly yet accessible conceptual framework encourages our diverse scholarly community to come together to consider common issues and problems.

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For advanced undergraduate courses on organizations, sociology of organizations, organizations & management, and organization theory.  Courses can be found in the departments of sociology, business and public administration departments. Organizations and Organizing: Rational, Natural and Open Systems 1/e, covers the early history of ...

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This broad, balanced introduction to organizational studies enables the reader to compare and contrast different approaches to the study of organizations. This book is a valuable tool for the reader, as we are all intertwined with organizations in one form or another. Numerous other disciplines besides sociology are addressed in this b...

W. Richard Scott is a professor at Stanford University and is the author of numerous books, including the best-selling Organizations: Rational, Natural and Open Systems, which this new book replaces. Gerald F. Davis is a professor of Management and Organizations in the University of Michigan Business School.  He brings extensive kno...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:October 12, 2006Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0131958933

ISBN - 13:9780131958937

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Chapter 1: The Subject is Organizations; The Verb is Organizing     Chapter 2: Organizations as Rational Systems     Chapter 3: Organizations as Natural Systems     Chapter 4: Organizations as Open Systems     Chapter 5: Combining Perspectives, Expanding Levels     Chapter 6: Technology and Structure     Chapter 7: Labor and Structure     Chapter 8: Goals, Power, and Control     Chapter 9: The Dyadic Environment of the Organization     Chapter 10: Organization of the Environment     Chapter 11: Networks In and Around Organizations     Chapter 12: Strategy, Structure, and Performance: The Sociology of Organizational Strategy     Chapter 13: The Rise and Transformation of the Corporate Form     Chapter 14: Changing Contours of Organizations and Organization Theory