The Management of Innovation by Tom Burns

The Management of Innovation

byTom Burns, G. M. Stalker

Paperback | October 1, 1994

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First published in 1961, The Management of Innovation is one of the most influential books of organization theory and industrial sociology ever written. The central theme of the book is the relationship between an organization and its environment - particularly technological and marketinnovations.Based on first-class scholarship and engagingly written, the book presents the authors' now famous and ubiquitous classicifications of "mechanistic" and "organic" systems. For this it has become justly famous, but the book is also a penetrating study of social systems within organizations andorganizational dynamics.

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Tom Burns is at Edinburgh University.
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Title:The Management of InnovationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:October 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198288786

ISBN - 13:9780198288787

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition1. Introduction; Part One: The External Circumstances; 2. The Organization of Innovation; 3. The Development of the Electronics Industry, and the Scottish Council's Scheme; 4. The Market Context; Part Two: Organization and Change5. Management Structures and Systems; 6. Mechanisitic and Organic Systems of Management; 7. Working Organization, Political System, and and Status Structure within the Concern; 8. The Laboratory and the Workshop; 9. Industrial Scientists and Managers: Problems of Power and StatusPart Three: Direction and the Shaping of Management Conduct: 10. The Men at the Top; 11. The Shaping of Work Relationships; 12. The Codes of Practice in Management Conduct; References; Index.

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The management of Innovation is one of the most influential books on organization theory and industrial sociology ever written. The main question it addresses--the relationship between an organization and its market and the technological environment--continues to preoccupy researchers and managers as innovation has even greater impact on organizational structures and competitiveness.

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`A new edition of Burns and Stalker's scholarly text on organisation theory and industrial sociology is indeed welcome and should provide stimulating reflection for those who work in dynamic industries and professions ... For over thirty years, this book has taken a leading role in encouragingcreative behaviour in industry and commerce; its message remains relevant in today's harsh economic environment ... Those who offer professional services - including market and social research - will find that this pioneering text inspires them to reflect imaginatively on their present activities aspractitioners and managers.'Journa of the Market Research Society