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Theory and Method in Organization Studies
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Theory and Method in Organization Studies
Paradigms and Choices


November 2000 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In this introduction to theory and method, students of organization will find a comprehensive view of the key theories in their field, combined with a toolkit of guidelines linking these to the different methods available for analyzing and interpreting organizational life. Distinguishing `the external society' and the `internal society', Antonio Strati sheds light on the different contexts that shape organizational life and the different levels of analysis that may be used. By showing the many levels at which organizations function and can be understood this book provides an invaluable introduction to analysis and research for advanced students. Recent concepts such as `the organization as hypertext'; `communities of practice'; 'tacit knowledge'; and organizational learning; are explored as ways of approaching organizations: this book shows how to link such approaches to appropriate methodologies in order to achieve insightful analysis.

 
PART ONE: THEMES AND PROBLEMS
 
Society in a Network of Organizations
 
Organizations as Social Contexts
 
Weaving the Organization Together
 
The Ethos, Logos and Pathos of Organizational Life
 
Thematic Continuities and New Insights
 
PART TWO: RESEARCH AND METHODS
 
The Methods of Empirical Organizational Research
 
The Pervasiveness of Measurement
 
Qualitative Methods and the Computer

“This introductory book is really worth buying. It is accessible without being patronizing. It stimulates thought without using rhetoric. It offers exciting content on methods and techniques without being arrogant. Reading it becomes less a once-only duty, more an experience that is enjoyable to repeat from time to time.”

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