Rethinking Organisational Behavior: A Poststructuralist Framework

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Prentice Hall/Financial Times, 2007 - Organizational behavior - 390 pages
Acknowledgements Chapter 1 Introduction Why study organisational behaviour? How is Rethinking Organisational Behaviour different? Organisational Behaviour versus organisational behaviour Rigour versus clarity Rethinking Organisational Behaviour The Structure ofRethinking Organisational Behaviour The Second edition Chapter 2 Semiotics The science of symbols Characteristics of symbols Links between signifier and signified Meaning and ambiguity The functions of symbols Textuality Limitations of interpretations Intersubjectivity Existing applications in organisational behaviour Further potential Organisational behaviour and semiotics Continuous case: A tale from the village pump (semiotics) Case study: No smoke without fire? Bibliography Chapter 3 Structure Physical structure Abstract structure The ontology of structure Realist approaches to structure Description versus prescription in realist approaches to structure Poststructuralism and structure Existing applications in organisational behaviour Further potential Organisational behaviour and structure Continuous case: A tale from the village pump (structure) Case study: Structuring: thinking about structure Bibliography Chapter 4 Knowledge Knowledge as a problem Paradigms Diachronic paradigm models Synchronic paradigm models Knowledge and the public channel Discourses of knowledge Regimes and truth Knowledge and rhetoric Existing applications in organisational behaviour Further potential Organisational behaviour and knowledge Continuous case: A tale from the village pump (knowledge) Case study: Expert knowledge Bibliography Chapter 5 Power The power of ownership Power versus authority Governance Disciplinary power at work Power and knowledge Power and truth Existing applications in organisational behaviour Further potential Organisational behaviour and power Continuous case: A tale from the village pump (power) Case study: The power of prayers? Bibliography Chapter 6 Rationality Being rational Objective versus subjective rationality The discourse of organisational behaviour and the concept of objective rationality Rationality and legitimacy Legitimacy, organisations and society Existing applications in organisational behaviour Further potential Organisational behaviour and rationality Continuous case: A tale from the village pump (rationality) Case study: Structuring: The state of the union Bibliography Chapter 7 Ideology The ''problem '' with ideology Ideology versus reality The functions of ideology Ideology Knowledge, discourse and ideology The ideology of management Organisation as ideology Ideology and organisational ethics Existing applications in organisational behaviour Further potential Organisational behaviour and ideology Continuous case: A tale from the village pump (ideology) Case study: By the sweat of one ''s brow Bibliography Chapter 8 Self The meaning of life? The meaning of work? The meaning of organisation of work? Towards an understanding of the self Desire and motivation Employment of the self Existing applications in organisational behaviour Further potential Organisational behaviour and self Continuous case: A tale from the village pump (self) Case study: Nobody ''s perfect!? Bibliography Chapter 9 Boundary Boundary as limit Boundary and systems Boundary Boundary and model-building Boundary and problem-solving Existing applications in organisational behaviour Further potential Organisational behaviour and boundary Continuous case: A tale from the village pump (boundary) Case study: How to find a model employee? Bibliography Chapter 10 Efficiency The meaning of efficiency Measuring efficiency What ''s wrong with efficiency? Efficiency Existing applications in organisational behaviour Further potential Organisational behaviour and efficiency Continuous case: A tale from the village pump (efficiency) Case study: Health and efficiency Bibliography Chapter 11 Decision making Decision making as a rational, objective function Decision making as.

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Norman Jackson and Pippa Carter are leading figures in the field of organisational behaviour and are Visiting Fellows at the University of Leicester School of Management.

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