Complex Organizations: A Critical Essay

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Random House, 1986 - Business & Economics - 307 pages
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This classic in organizational theory provides a succinct overview of the principal schools of thought as it presents a critical, sociopsychological, and historical orientation to the field of organizational analysis. Vividly written, with theories made concrete by specific, student-oriented examples, it takes a critical view toward organizations, analyzing their impact on individuals, groups, and society as a whole. New chapters on economic theories of organization and the conditional power theory are among the features of this revised edition.

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User Review  - Dana_kendall - Goodreads

This book is brilliant! The author puts all the major organizational theories into historical and cultural context. Plus, he adds some perspicacious editorializing along the way. This is perfect for a grad seminar in org theory. Read full review

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User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

Still in the middle of this, but one of the best, liveliest, and shortest books I've ever read on bureaucracy and organizations. Read full review

Contents

WHY BUREAUCRACY?
1
MANAGERIAL IDEOLOGIES AND THE ORIGINS OF
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THE HUMAN RELATIONS MODEL
79
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About the author (1986)

Charles Perrow is professor emeritus of sociology at Yale University. He has worked as a consultant for the U.S. military, the White House, and the nuclear-power industry.

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