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Central Currents in Organization Studies I
Frameworks and Applications

Four Volume Set
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November 2001 | 1 680 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Offering a solid grounding in the historical and contemporary concerns of the field, Central Currents in Organization Studies I Volumes 1-4 presents an innovative and thematically coherent selection of seminal articles. This four-volume set provides an essential benchmark reference to any library concerned with the field of organization studies.

Presenting the most influential and provocative contributions to the field, this major work reviews the development of organization studies, including both mainstream and more innovative topics, leading through to recent debates on the status of organizations. In addition to over 70 key original articles included in the collection, the set opens with an introductory editorial essay by Stewart Clegg setting out the rationale behind the selections, and providing an illuminating discussion of the development of organization studies and its theoretical foundations.

Every discipline has the tradition of recording the central genealogical line of its development with work that comprises the great, the provocative and the field-defining writings. This major reference, easily organized to ensure comprehensive coverage of the essential tenets in the field, is the definitive resource for students, researchers and academics of organization studies.

§ Volume One: Historical Perspectives and Emergent Tensions looks at the early history of organization theory, including the capitalist versus religious roots of modern organizations and the historically contested reasons for the emergence of modern organizations. It also addresses the emergent tensions in the field as it begins to become a specialist area of study.

§ Volume Two: The Foundations, presents formal theories of modern organizations, addressing the significant founding attempts to have an empirically based science of organizations, which built on the work of the German sociologist, Max Weber. This volume then addresses the landmark studies that began to build systematic foundations for Organization Theory based on empirical analysis, with the work of Hage, Perrow, Pugh and Blau.

§ Volume Three: Debating Organization Contingencies, addresses the central theories of organization, beginning with Contingency Theory, an approach which has become the mainstream of organization theory scholarship, but which has also attracted criticisms from rival perspectives. Those involved in the debate include Child, Mindlin and Aldrich, Donaldson, Pennings, and Powell. The second part of this volume, 'The Environments of Organizations', considers seminal work that stressed specific contingencies as determinate factors in how organization structuring was addressed, involving the work of Trist and Bamforth, Hickson, Pugh and Pheysey, Child and Mansfield, Aldrich, Ford and Slocum.

§ Volume Four: Institutions and Economics, first addresses the distinct institutional approaches that were inspired by the work of Selznick on Weber, which had formed foundations forty years earlier. This volume includes work by Hirsch, Meyer and Rowan, DiMaggio, Powell, Ranson and Hinings, Granovetter, Scott and Suchman. The volume then considers economics, ownership and organizational forms, revealing attempts by the economics profession to address central organizational agencies in their theorizing, starting from Coase, and also Williamson, who was responsible for introducing 'organizational economics' and moving on to the work of Boisot, Ouchi, Fligstein Donaldson, and Barney and others.

Taken together these four volumes represent a diverse and valuable set. The volumes will enable any instructor to construct a coherent and evolutionary course on 'organizations'. Central Currents in Organization Theory Volumes 1 - 4 presents all the main works that lead to the emergence of organization theory and which still constitute central debates in the field.

 
VOLUME ONE: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES AND EMERGENT TENSIONS
S R Clegg
Introduction
 
PART ONE: EARLY HISTORIES - THE EMERGENCE OF FORMALLY RATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
E P Thompson
Time, Work Discipline and Industrial Capitalism
S A Marglin
What Do Bosses Do?
The Origins and Functions of Hierarchy in Capitalist Production  
David Stark
Class Struggle and the Transformation of the Labor Process
Alfred Kieser
From Asceticism to Administration of Wealth
Medieval Monasteries and the Pitfalls of Rationalization  
A D Chandler
The Emergence of Managerial Capitalism
J Langton
The Ecological Theory of Bureaucracy
The Case of Josiah Wedgwood and the British Pottery Industry  
Peter F Meiksins
Scientific Management and Class Relations
A Dissenting View  
P Miller and T O'Leary
Hierarchies and the American Ideals, 1900-1940
M F Guillen
Scientific Management's Lost Aesthetic
Architecture, Organization, and the Taylorized Beauty of the Mechanical  
 
PART TWO: HUMAN RELATIONS IN FORMALLY RATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Chester I Barnard
Mind in Everyday Affairs
An Examination into Logical and Non-logical Thought Processes  
Lawrence J Henderson, T N Whitehead, and Elton Mayo
The Effects of Social Environment
A Carey
The Hawthorne Studies
A Radical Critique  
Ellen O'Connor
Minding the Workers
The Meaning of `Human' and `Human Relations' in Elton Mayo  
R K Merton
Bureaucratic Structure and Personality
A Gouldner
Metaphysical Pathos and the Theory of Bureaucracy
D J Hickson
A Convergence in Organization Theory
 
VOLUME TWO: LAYING THE THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS
 
PART THREE: SOCIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR THEORIES OF MODERN ORGANIZATIONS
Talcott Parsons
Suggestions for a Sociological Approach to the Theory of Organizations (I)
Talcott Parsons
Suggestions for a Sociological Approach to the Theory of Organizations (II)
P Selznick
Foundations for a Theory of Organizations
R H Hall
The Concept of Bureaucracy
An Empirical Assessment  
E Bittner
The Concept of Organization
R Mayntz
The Study of Organizations
 
PART FOUR: BUILDING ORGANIZATION THEORIES
J Hage
An Axiomatic Theory of Organizations
D S Pugh
Modern Organization Theory
A Psychological and Sociological Study  
C Perrow
A Framework for the Comparative Analysis of Complex Organizations
D S Pugh, D J Hickson, C R Hinings and C Turner
Dimensions of Organization Structure
D S Pugh, D J Hickson, C R Hinings and C Turner
The Context of Organizational Structures
P M Blau
A Formal Theory of Differentiation in Organizations
P M Blau
Interdependence and Hierarchy in Organizations
 
VOLUME THREE: DEBATING ORGANIZATION CONTINGENCIES
 
PART FIVE: DEBATING CONTINGENCY THEORY
John Child
Organizational Structures, Environment and Performance
The Role of Strategic Choice  
H E Aldrich
Technology and Organization Structure
A Re-examination of the Findings of the Aston Group  
S Mindlin and H E Aldrich
Interorganizational Dependence
A Review of the Concept and a Re-examination of the Findings of the Aston Group  
L Donaldson
Strategy, Structural Adjustment to Regain Fit and Performance
In Defence of Contingency Theory  
J M Pennings
Structural Contingency Theory
A Reappraisal  
Thomas C Powell
Organizational Alignment as Competitive Advantage
L Donaldson
Organizational Portfolio Theory
Performance-Driven Organizational Change  
 
PART SIX: THE ENVIRONMENTS OF ORGANIZATIONS
F E Emery, and E L Trist
The Causal Texture of Organizational Environments
Howard E Aldrich and Jeffrey Pfeffer
Environments of Organizations
M T Hannan and J Freeman
The Population Ecology of Organizations
M T Hannan and J Freeman
Structural Inertia and Organizational Change
W G Astley
The Two Ecologies
Population and Community Perspectives on Organizational Evolution  
Terry L Amburgey and Rao Hayagreeval
Organizational Ecology
Past, Present, and Future Directions  
J Allmendinger and J R Hackman
Organizations in Changing Environments
The Case of East German Symphony Orchestras  
 
VOLUME FOUR: INSTITUTIONS, ECONOMICS AND ORGANIZATIONS
 
PART SEVEN: INSTITUTIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS
P Hirsch
Organizational Effectiveness and the Institutional Environment
J W Meyer and B Rowan
Institutionalized Organizations
Formal Structure as Myth and Ceremony, American Journal of Sociology  
M Maurice, A Sorge and M Warner
Societal Differences in Organizing Manufacturing Units
A Comparison of France, West Germany and Great Britain  
S Ranson, C R Hinings and R Greenwood
Structuring Organizational Structures
P DiMaggio and W Powell
The Iron Cage Revisited
Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organizational Fields  
M Granovetter
Economic Action and Social Structure
The Problem of Embededdness  
W R Scott
The Adolescence of Institutional Theory
A Sorge
Fit and the Societal Effect
Interpreting Cross-National Comparisons of Technology, Organization and Human Resources  
J Zysman
How Institutions Create Historically Rooted Trajectories of Growth
L Zucker
Institutional Theories of Organization
R Whitley
The Internationalization of Firms and Markets
P Selznick
Institutionalism `Old' and `New'
R Greenwood and C R Hinings
Understanding Radical Organizational Change
Bringing Together the Old and New Institutionalism  
 
PART EIGHT: ECONOMICS AND ORGANIZATIONS
R H Coase
The Nature of the Firm
H A Simon
Theories of Decision-Making Economics and Behavioural Science
J G March
Bounded Rationality, Ambiguity and the Engineering of Choice
O E Williamson
The Economics of Organizations
The Transaction Cost Approach  
C Perrow
Economic Theories of Organization
W S Hesterley, J Liebeskind, and T R Zenger
Organizational Economics
An Impending Revolution in Organization Theory  
W G Ouchi
Markets, Bureaucracies, and Clans
Walter W Powell
Hybrid Organizational Arrangements
New Form of Transitional Development?  
P Hirsch, R Friedman and M P Koza
Collaboration or Paradigm Shift?
Caveat Emptor and the Risk of Romance with Economic Models for Strategy and Policy Research  
N Fligstein
The Spread of the Multidivisional Firm among Large Firms, 1919-1979'
L Donaldson
The Ethereal Hand
Organizational Economics and Management Theory  
D A Palmer, R Friedland, P D Jennings and X Zhou
Late Adoption of the Multi-divisional Form by Large US Corporations
Institutional, Political and Economic Accounts  

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