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Writers on Organizations

Writers on Organizations

Sixth Edition

January 2007 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Long a best-seller, this eagerly awaited Sixth Edition offers an illuminating overview of the field of organization studies through the views of leading writers whose ideas are presently the subject of much interest and debate. Authors Derek S. Pugh and David J. Hickson do a masterful job of capturing the essence of each writer's contribution to the field—providing coverage of all the classic and cutting edge theories in management today.

New to the Sixth Edition:  
  • Discusses the work of new writers and brings the work of previous writers up-to-date: Takes into account the changing organizational issues and new work making an impact in the field.
  • Incorporates new material on leading experts: This updated edition includes the presentation of six additional writers—Stewart Clegg, Lex Donaldson, Peter Drucker, Kathleen Eisenhardt, Michel Foucault, and Richard Whitley.
  • Illuminates the ideas of a wide range of key organizational thinkers: The authors include summaries of major contributions to the field, past and present, to help readers understand and classify different types of organizations.
Intended Audience:  
This handy resource can be used by both students and professionals in Management, Organization Studies, Industrial Psychology, Public Administration, Social Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, and Communication.

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Introduction to the Sixth Edition  
1 The Structure of Organizations
Max Weber  
Derek Pugh and the Aston Group, including John Child and David Hickson  
Lex Donaldson  
Alfred D. Chandler  
Oliver E. Williamson  
Henry Mintzberg  
Charles Handy  
Stewart Clegg  
Christopher Bartlett and Sumantra Ghoshal  
2 The Organization in its Environment
Tom Burns  
Paul Lawrence and Jay Lorsch  
Jeffrey Pfeffer and Gerald R. Salancik  
Raymond E. Miles and Charles C. Snow  
Michael T. Hannan and John Freeman  
Geert Hofstede  
Richard Whitley  
3 Management and Decision-making in Organizations
Henri Fayol  
Frederick W. Taylor  
Peter F. Drucker  
Michel Foucault  
Herbert A. Simon  
James G. March  
Karl E. Weick  
4 People in Organizations
Elton Mayo and the Hawthorne Investigations  
Rensis Likert and Douglas McGregor  
Edgar H. Schein  
Frederick Herzberg  
Eric Trist and the Work of the Tavistock Institute  
Rosabeth Moss Kanter  
5 Organizational Change and Learning
Paul J. DiMaggio and Walter W. Powell  
Andrew Pettigrew  
Chris Argyris  
Peter Senge  
Kathleen Eisenhardt  
Gareth Morgan  
About the Authors

Not comprehensive enough

Mrs Angela Balog
Business Administration Dept, St Francis University
April 4, 2014

good book, comprehensive, easy to read.

Dr Julie Barris
Continuing Education, St Francis University
August 4, 2011

This textbook will be adopted as an optional reference book to supplement the primary course text.

Professor Hector Flores
Management Dept, University of Massachusetts
January 28, 2010
Key features
  • useful for both students and professionals in management, organization studies, industrial psychology, public administration, social psychology, sociology, political science, and communication
  • provides brief summaries of major contributions to the field
  • helps the reader understand and classify different types of organizations
  • serves as a resource giving a general overview of the field

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