The Sociology of Organizations: An Anthology of Contemporary Theory and Research

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byAmy S. Wharton

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Wharton's anthology provides an overview of contemporary theory and research in the sociology of organizations. Three features of this book are particularly distinctive: * An emphasis on sociological content: Although the readings reflect the multidisciplinarity and breadth of the organizations area, this anthology gives primary emphasis to selections with sociological content. Hence, the book should have strong appeal to instructors and students seeking asociological understanding of organizations. * Attention to contemporary theory and research: A unique feature of this anthology is its attention to contemporary theory and research on organizations. At the same time, Wharton grounds the book in the "modern classics." The readings reveal how organizational sociology contributes to ourunderstanding of key social and economic issues, such as diversity, globalization, and the environment. * Comprehensive, research-based, and methodologically diverse: The book is comprehensive in its coverage of topics, levels of analysis, and methodological approaches. Topics covered include: * Conceptions of organizations * Organizational structure * Historical development of the capitalist firm * Nonprofits and alternative organizational forms * Organizational culture * Organizational demography and social networks * Environments and organizational change Introductions to each section identify and explain central issues, key concepts, and relationships among topics.

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Wharton's anthology provides an overview of contemporary theory and research in the sociology of organizations. Three features of this book are particularly distinctive: * An emphasis on sociological content: Although the readings reflect the multidisciplinarity and breadth of the organizations area, this anthology gives primary empha...

Amy S. Wharton is at Washington State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:538 pages, 7.01 × 9.88 × 1.18 inPublished:August 11, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: Understanding OrganizationsA. Foundations of Contemporary Organizational SociologyW. Richard Scott: Chapter 1: Reflections on a Half-Century of Organizational SociologyWilliam G. Ouchi: Chapter 2: Markets, Bureaucracies, and ClansCharles Perrow: Chapter 3: Why Bureaucracy?Robert Jackall: Chapter 4: The Social Structure of Managerial WorkJohn W. Meyer and Brian Rowan: Chapter 5: Institutionalized Organizations: Formal Structure as Myth and CeremonyB. Varieties of OrganizationsCharles Perrow: Chapter 6: Organizing America: Wealth, Power, and the Origins of Corporate CapitalismCatherine Alter: Chapter 7: Bureaucracy and Democracy in Organizations: Revisiting Feminist OrganizationsBrian H. Smith: Chapter 8: Nonprofit Organizations in International Development: Agents of Empowerment or Preservers of Stability?J. Miller McPherson and Lynn Smith-Lovin: Chapter 9: Homophily in Voluntary Organizations: Status Distance and the Composition of Face-to-Face GroupsPatrick H. Mooney: Chapter 10: Democratizing Rural Economy: Institutional Friction, Sustainable Struggle and the Cooperative MovementPart II: Inside OrganizationsA. Culture and ControlLeslie A. Perlow: Chapter 11: Boundary Control: The Social Ordering of Work and Family Time in a High-tech CorporationJoanne Martin, Kathleen Knopoff, and Christine Beckman: Chapter 12: An Alternative to Bureaucratic Impersonality and Emotional Labor: Bounded Emotionality at The Body ShopRobert I. Sutton: Chapter 13: Maintaining Norms About Expressed Emotions: The Case of Bill CollectorsCristina B. Gibson and Mary E. Zellmer-Bruhn: Chapter 14: Metaphors and Meaning: An Intercultural Analysis of the Concept of TeamworkJames A. Evans, Gideon Kunda, and Stephen R. Barley: Chapter 15: Beach Time, Bridge Time, and Billable Hours: The Temporal Structure of Technical ContractingB. Power and ConflictCalvin Morrill, Mayer N. Zald, and Hayagreeva Rao: Chapter 16: Covert Political Conflict in Organizations: Challenges from BelowGerald F. Davis and Tracy A. Thompson: Chapter 17: A Social Movement Perspective on Corporate ControlRobert J. Bies and Thomas M. Tripp: Chapter 18: Two Faces of the Powerless: Coping With Tyranny in OrganizationsMary Ann Glynn: Chapter 19: When Cymbals Become Symbols: Conflict Over Organizational Identity within a Symphony OrchestraC. Demography, Inequality, and Social NetworksRobin J. Ely and David A. Thomas: Chapter 20: Cultural Diversity at Work: The Effects of Diversity Perspectives on Work Group Processes and OutcomesHerminia Ibarra: Chapter 21: Race, Opportunity, and Diversity of Social Circles in Managerial NetworksRobin J. Ely: Chapter 22: The Effects of Organizational Demographics and Social Identity on Relationships Among Professional WomenPamela A. Popielarz: Chapter 23: (In)Voluntary Association: A Multilevel Analysis of Gender Segregation in Voluntary OrganizationsPart III: Organizations and EnvironmentsA. The Creation of Organizational FormsPaul J. DiMaggio and Walter W. Powell: Chapter 24: The Iron Cage Revisited: Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organizational FieldsGlenn R. Carroll and Michael T. Hannan: Chapter 25: The Demographic PerspectiveHayagreeva Rao: Chapter 26: Caveat Emptor: The Construction of Nonprofit Consumer Watchdog OrganizationsB. Studies of Organizational Adaptation and ChangeDiane Vaughan: Chapter 27: Autonomy, Interdependence, and Social Control: NASA and the Space Shuttle ChallengerJerry D. Goodstein: Chapter 28: Institutional Pressures and Strategic Responsiveness: Employer Involvement in Work-Family IssuesKim Voss and Rachel Sherman: Chapter 29: Breaking the Iron Law of Oligarchy: Union Revitalization in the American Labor MovementMichael Lounsbury: Chapter 30: Institutional Sources of Practice Variation: Staffing College and University Recycling ProgramsC. The Twenty-First Century OrganizationWalter W. Powell: Chapter 31: The Capitalist Firm in the Twenty-First Century: Emerging Patterns in Western EnterpriseGerald F. Davis and Doug McAdam: Chapter 32: Corporations, Classes, and Social Movements After Managerialism

Editorial Reviews

"There are a number of strengths to recommend in this anthology. First, the selections complement each other superbly. Second, the theory and research are intellectually stimulating and cutting-edge. Third, the variety of empirical approaches--from historical to ethnographic to surveyresearch--are fascinating in their own right. Fourth, the eight topical sections encompass a rich variety of sub-themes while providing a broad orientation and structure for students."--Matthew Archibald, Emory University