Complex Organizations: A Critical Essay

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Random House, 1986 - Complex organizations - 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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Contents

WHY BUREAUCRACY?
1
MANAGERIAL IDEOLOGIES AND THE ORIGINS OF
49
DECISION MAKING
119
THE INSTITUTIONAL SCHOOL
157
THE ENVIRONMENT
178
ECONOMIC THEORIES OF ORGANIZATION
219
ILLUSTRATIONS
258
BIBLIOGRAPHY
279
INDEX
297
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