Organizations and Organizing: Rational, Natural and Open Systems Perspectives

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Routledge, Aug 7, 2015 - Social Science - 464 pages
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This broad, balanced introduction to organizational studies enables the reader to compare and contrast different approaches to the study of organizations. This book is a valuable tool for the reader, as we are all intertwined with organizations in one form or another. Numerous other disciplines besides sociology are addressed in this book, including economics, political science, strategy and management theory. Topic areas discussed in this book are the importance of organizations; defining organizations; organizations as rational, natural, and open systems; environments, strategies, and structures of organizations; and organizations and society. For those employed in fields where knowledge of organizational theory is necessary, including sociology, anthropology, cognitive psychology, industrial engineering, managers in corporations and international business, and business strategists.
 

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Contents

1 The Subject Is Organizations The Verb is Organizing
1
2 Organizations as Rational Systems
35
3 Organizations as Natural Systems
59
4 Organizations as Open Systems
87
5 Combining Perspectives Expanding Levels
107
6 Technology and Structure
124
7 Labor and Structure
151
8 Goals Power and Control
183
10 Organization of the Environment
245
11 Networks In and Around Organizations
278
The Sociology of Organizational Strategy
310
13 The Rise and Transformation of the Corporate Form
340
14 Changing Contours of Organizations and Organization Theory
368
References
391
Name Index
439
Subject Index
447

9 The Dyadic Environment of the Organization
220

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About the author (2015)

W. Richard Scott is a professor at Stanford University and is the author of numerous books, including the best-selling Organizations: Rational, Natural and Open Systems, which this new book replaces.

Gerald F. Davis is a professor of Management and Organizations in the University of Michigan Business School. He brings extensive knowledge of strategy, social networks and social movements to this new book.

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