What are the costs and consequences of living in a society that has undergone an “organizational revolution”? To what extent is social life in the 21st century dominated by the rational control that is characteristic of bureaucratic organizations large and small? Organizations and Society addresses these broader human questions with a critical perspective, while at the same time explaining the main concepts and theories in the field. Students of all interests—those who wish to run organizations someday, study them, or simply understand their importance in the contemporary social order—will benefit from the insights and cogent arguments of this text for undergraduate classrooms.
PART I: Our Society of Organizations
Chapter 1: Introduction: A Society of Formal Organizations
Chapter 2: The Subject Is Organizations. The Issue Is Power
Chapter 3: Organizations and Inequality
PART II: Forging the Society of Organizations
Chapter 4: The Rise of Bureaucracy and the Question of Efficiency
Chapter 5: The Rise of Bureaucracy and the Question of Power
Chapter 6: Are We Beyond Bureaucracy?
Part III: Analyzing Organizations
Chapter 7: The Machine Organization
Chapter 8: The Human Organization
Chapter 9: The Open Organization
Chapter 10: The Limits of Rationality
Chapter 11: Rationality and Rationalization as Variables
Chapter 12: Final Reflections: Living With Organizations