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Rethinking Organization
New Directions in Organization Theory and Analysis

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January 1992 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Over the past two decades, organization studies has become increasingly pluralistic with a series of highly charged debates across intellectual "divides." It is these debates and their consequences for the current position and future development of organization studies that Rethinking Organization addresses. The first section reviews and evaluates the most significant theoretical developments of the last two decades, focusing in particular on the various ways in which "organization" has been conceptualized as the basis for organizational analyses. The second section examines a range of issues dealing with the major transformations in organizational forms currently occurring throughout advanced industrial societies. Final contributions outline a range of emergent new perspectives which present challenges both to the old and new orthodoxies of the field. This stimulating volume is provocative reading for students and academics in management, organization studies, sociology, and social psychology. "The chapters provide a useful examination of both 'hard' and 'soft' development theories and issues. . . . There is a wealth of material. . . . It will provide an invaluable teaching and learning resource for students following final year courses and Master's programmes and as such should be warmly received. . . . The book is obviously an important contribution to an under-researched area and readers will have much with which to argue." --Sociology "All [the chapters] are interesting and all add something unique to the various debates that the book deals with. . . . The book achieves its objectives of indicating new directions well. . ." --The Occupational Psychologist

Michael Reed
Introduction
 
DEVELOPMENTS IN THEORY
Howard E Aldrich
Incommensurable Paradigms? Vital Signs From Three Perspectives
Barry A Turner
The Symbolic Understanding of Organizations
Colin Brown
Organization Studies and Scientific Authority
Nick Perry
Putting Theory in its Place
The Social Organization of Organizational Theorizing

 
Stephen Ackroyd
Paradigms Lost
Paradise Regained?

 
 
CHANGING ORGANIZATIONAL FORMS
Richard Whitley
The Social Construction of Organizations and Markets
Comparative Analysis of Business Recipes

 
Mark Wardell
Changing Organizational Forms
From the Bottom Up

 
Gibson Burrell
Back to the Future
Time and Organization

 
Alan Whitaker
The Transformation in Work
Post-Fordism Revisited

 
 
EMERGENT PROBLEMATICS
Kenneth J Gergen
Organization Theory in the Postmodern Era
Marta B Cal[ac]as and Linda Smircich
Re-Writing Gender into Organizational Theorizing
Directions from Feminist Perspectives

 
Robert Cooper
Formal Organization as Representation
Remote Control, Displacement and Abbreviation

 
Frank Blackler
Formative Contexts and Activity Systems
Postmodern Approaches to the Management of Change

 
 
CONCLUSION
Michael Hughes
Decluding Organization

`If you are re-thinking that you might re-write your notes on organization so that you may better represent them then I re-commend this is a really friendly place to start the project of re-modernization.' - The Occupational Psychologist

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ISBN: 9780803982888
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