The Organization of Business: Applying Organizational Theory to Contemporary Change by Stephen Ackroyd

The Organization of Business: Applying Organizational Theory to Contemporary Change

byStephen Ackroyd

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This text applies organization theory to British business and illuminates its historical and contemporary organizational patterns. The text is unique in that it systematically combines organization theory with the results of historical and social-scientific research, to produce anauthoritative account of contemporary organizational change. The argument is amply illustrated by the presentation and discussion of highly topical case studies of big business strategy. Professor Ackroyd argues that the orthodox (contingency) approach to organizational structure does not provide an adequate analysis of current structural changes in the British economy. He puts forward an alternative perspective on organizational structures which draws on both classical ideas(particularly those of Weber) and some recent theory, to produce an account of the typical historical patterns of both large and small UK organizations and to illuminate their contemporary transformations. Using established social-scientific research, Professor Ackroyd shows that Britishorganizations are adopting some highly distinctive new organizational forms and patterns of inter-firm relationships. This analysis is then used as the basis for a presentation and critique of much of the abundant writing on contemporary organizational change, including sophisticated theories such as institutional theory, regulationist theory and ideas on the effects of globalization. Finally, Professor Ackroydshows that much organizational change today has clear policy implications for government.

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Stephen Ackroyd is Professor of Organizational Analysis in the Management School of Lancaster University.
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Title:The Organization of Business: Applying Organizational Theory to Contemporary ChangeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:June 13, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019874269X

ISBN - 13:9780198742692

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Need for an Analysis of Structures3. The Orthodox Account of Structure4. The Alternative Approach to Structure5. SMEs and Business Units6. Large Corporations7. New Corporate Forms and the Network8. A National Context for Business Organization9. British Business and Globalization10. Towards Industrial PolicyBibliography