Social Organizations: Interaction Inside, Outside and Between Organizations

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SAGE, Jul 5, 1994 - Business & Economics - 192 pages
In this lively and wide-ranging essay, Göran Ahrne sketches an organizational theory of society. Combining the insights of organization theory with the traditional concerns of social theory, he makes an innovative and creative contribution to both fields.

Using a broad definition of organizations, the author shows that what goes on inside, outside and among organizations is central to understanding social relations. Organizations provide people with resources and motives, and they set the frames for human action. Although organizations do not form societies or systems, society is shaped and changed through interaction between organizations.

Drawing on various schools of organization theory, including institutional, ecological and contingency theories, the book shows how their synthesis with social theory clarifies the nature and effects of organizational interactions.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Organized Individuals
1
Chapter 2 Organizational Centaurs
28
Chapter 3 The Organized Transformation of Action into Process
50
Chapter 4 Outside Organizations
71
Chapter 5 Inside Organizations
87
Chapter 6 Between Organizations
114
Chapter 7 In the Thick of Organizations
132
References
156
Index
175
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About the author (1994)

Göran Ahrne is Professor of Sociology at the University of Stockholm. His previous publications include Agency and Organization (Sage, 1990). He is a former president of the Swedish Sociological Association.

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