Organizations and Organizing: Rational, Natural, and Open Systems Perspectives

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Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007 - Business & Economics - 452 pages
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This broad, balanced introduction to organizational studies enables the reader to compare and contrast different approaches to the study of organizations. This book is a valuable tool for the reader, as we are all intertwined with organizations in one form or another. Numerous other disciplines besides sociology are addressed in this book, including economics, political science, strategy and management theory. Topic areas discussed in this book are the importance of organizations; defining organizations; organizations as rational, natural, and open systems; environments, strategies, and structures of organizations; and organizations and society. For those employed in fields where knowledge of organizational theory is necessary, including sociology, anthropology, cognitive psychology, industrial engineering, managers in corporations and international business, and business strategists.

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Organizations as Rational Systems
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Organizations as Natural Systems
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Organizations as Open Systems
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W. Richard Scott received his Ph.D degree from the University of Chicago. He is now Professor Emeritus of Sociology, with courtesy appointments in the School of Business, School of Education, and School of Medicine, at Stanford University. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books, the most recent being Institutional Change and Healthcare Organizations 2002, with Ruef, Mendel and Caronna; Institutions and Organizations, 2001 (2nd ed), and Organizations: Rational, Natural and Open Systems 2003 (5th ed).

Gerald Davis received his PhD in Organizational Behavior at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and subsequently taught at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. He spent academic year 1997/1998 as a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and has been at the University of Michigan since then. Davis's research examines the influence of politics and social networks on the evolution and structure of the institutions of corporate governance, and conversely on the influences of financial globalization on social structure and politics. His work has appeared in the Administrative Science Quarterly, the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Research in Organization Behavior, Strategic Organization, and elsewhere. In 2003 he was elected to be Chair of the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management. He is also a member of the American Sociological Association and serves on the editorial boards of Administrative Science Quarterly and Strategic Organization.

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