Modern Organizations: Organization Studies in the Postmodern World

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SAGE, Sep 5, 1990 - Social Science - 261 pages
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This wide-ranging analysis both explores current approaches to organization studies and relates the concepts of modernity and postmodernity to the realities of organizational structure and context. In surveying alternative perspectives on organizations in terms of ideal types, systems, contingencies, ecologies, cultures, markets and efficiency, Clegg demonstrates that no single approach is adequate to deal with the real-world variety of organizations that exist.

Drawing upon unusual and revealing examples - the production of French bread, Italian fashion and `post-Confucian' Asian enterprises - he argues that their success cannot be reduced to `culture' but must incorporate a fuller understanding of the ways in which organi

 

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Contents

Organizations and the Modernization of the World
25
Why and Where did Bureaucracy Triumph?
50
Ecologies Institutions and Power in the Analysis
75
The power perspective
84
The interpenetration of powerinstitutions
98
Conclusion
105
French Bread Italian Fashions and Asian Enterprise
107
Organizational Diversities and Rationalities
153
Modernist and Postmodernist Organization
176
Postmodern Skill and Capital Formation?
208
References
236
Index
255
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Stewart Clegg is a prolific publisher of several hundred articles in leading academic journals in strategy, social science, management and organization theory; is also the author and editor of about fifty books, as well as a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences, a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the recipient of significant awards from the American Academy of Management for his contributions to management theory and practice.

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