Networks and Organizations: Structure, Form, and Action

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Nitin Nohria, Robert G. Eccles
Harvard Business School Press, 1992 - Organizational behavior - 544 pages
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Networks and Organizations debunks the myth that we are in the midst of an unprecedented era of change and refocuses attention on the timeless problem of management--mobilizing individual and collective action. The authors take a fresh look at what actually happens in organizations and reveal how rhetoric and the search for identity--not structure, systems, and strategies that characterize the design perspective of organizations--are the real motivators of action in organizations. They then offer an alternative view in which "robust action" (not equilibrium), fit, and alignment should serve as a positive guide for managerial action.

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Contents

Is a Network Perspective a Useful Way
1
Problems of Explanation in Economic Sociology
25
The Social Structure of Competition
57
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Nitin Nohria is Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration and Chair of the Organizational Behavior unit at Harvard Business School.

SAMUEL A. DiPIAZZA jr. is the CEO of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the global professional services firm with some 150,000 employees, operating in virtually every country worldwide. Mr. DiPiazza has enjoyed a long career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, which he joined in 1973. He most recently served as Senior Partner and Chairman of the U.S. firm with executive responsibility for U.S. operations.
ROBERT G. ECCLES is founder and president of Advisory Capital Partners, Inc. (ACP), and a Senior Fellow of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Since 1993, ACP has provided strategic, financial, and organizational advisory services to both large companies and fast-growing small and medium-sized ones. Prior to founding ACP, Dr. Eccles was a full professor at Harvard Business School, where he was a faculty member for fourteen years, receiving tenure in 1989.

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