Information and Organizations (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Jun 11, 1990 - Business & Economics - 404 pages
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An ambitious new work by a well-respected sociologist, "Information and Organizations" provides a bold perspective of the dynamics of organizations. Stinchcombe contends that the "information problem" and the concept of "uncertainty" provide the key to understanding how organizations function. In a delightful mix of large theoretical insights and vivid anecdotal material, Stinchcombe explores the ins and outs of organizations from both a macro and micro perspective. He reinterprets the work of the renowned scholars of business, Alfred Chandler, James March and Oliver Williamson, and looks in depth at corporations like DuPont and General Motors. Along the way, Stinchcombe explores subjects as varied as class consciousness, innovation, contracts and university administration. All of these analyses are distinguished by incisive thinking and creative new approaches to issues that have long confronted business people and those interested in organizational theory.A tour de force, "Information and Organizations" is a must-read for business people and scholars of many stripes. It promises to be a widely discussed and debated work.
  

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Contents

1 INFORMATION UNCERTAINTY STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION IN ORGANIZATIONAL SOCIOLOGY
1
2 INDIVIDUALS SKILLS AS INFORMATION PROCESSING
32
SOURCES OF TECHNICAL UNCERTAINTY AND THE INFORMATION FOR TECHNICAL DECISIONS
73
4 MARKET UNCERTAINTY AND DIVISIONALIZATION
100
SCHUMPETERS ORGANIZATIONAL SOCIOLOGY MODERNIZED
152
CONTRACTS AS HIERARCHICAL DOCUMENTS
194
7 SEGMENTATION OF THE LABOR MARKET AND INFORMATION ON THE SKILL OF WORKERS
240
E P THOMPSON APPLIED TO CONTEMPORARY CLASS CONSCIOUSNESS
274
MANAGERS WHO DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEIR WORKERS ARE DOING
312
10 CONCLUSION
341
Bibliography
363
Author Index
379
Subject Index
385
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About the author (1990)

Arthur L. Stinchcombe is Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and author of a number of books, including Stratification and Organization: Selected Papers (1989) and Theoretical Methods in Social History (1978).

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