Understanding your social agency
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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