Understanding your social agency

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Sage Publications, Nov 1, 1984 - Social Science - 168 pages
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This revised and expanded Second Edition of the widely read Understanding Your Social Agency offers students and practitioners a simple yet comprehensive introduction to organizational theory and its meaning for social agencies. Each of the first ten chapters is devoted to a particular perspective for understanding the agency. The final chapter considers using each of the ten perspectives independently, or in tandem, to solve problems within or on behalf of the agency. It will be a useful guide to solving problems of an organizational nature within an agency.

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Preface and Acknowledgments
Your Agency as a Locus of Power
A Contingency Approach to ProblemSolving

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About the author (1984)

Armand Lauffer’s books are widely read. Since Community Organizers and Social Planners appeared in 1972, he has authored 20 books and edited two anthologies on organizations, community practice, training, fundraising, continuing education and staff development, and management in nonprofit organizations. Understanding Your Social Agency has been continuously in print since 1977. The current edition is much expanded. It draws on both classic and contemporary practice and theory, to provide users with hands-on tools for understanding their social agencies and improving their performance.

A series editor for SAGE since 1977, his books have been published by a number of firms, among them: SAGE, John Wiley, McGraw-Hill, Prentice Hall, and the Free Press.

A co-founder of ACOSA (the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration), Lauffer pioneered the establishment of a number of professional associations and academic units, both at the University of Michigan, from which he retired in 2001, and abroad. His consultative work on nonprofit management, community organizing, and fundraising has taken him across North America, Israel, Europe, and the Former Soviet Union. He currently makes his home in Jerusalem.

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