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American Anti-Management Theories of Organization

American Anti-Management Theories of Organization
A Critique of Paradigm Proliferation


Part of Cambridge Studies in Management

  • Date Published: March 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521479172

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  • This book offers a critique of recent developments in the study of organizational structure in the USA. There has been a profusion of new paradigms offered in the USA and this has fragmented the field. Many of these paradigms share an anti-management quality, painting managers in an increasingly negative light. This book examines five major, contemporary US organizational theories: population-ecology, institutional, resource dependence, agency and transaction cost economics. Each of these theories and their attendant research is critically examined and severe problems are identified in either theoretical coherence or empirical validity. Lex Donaldson argues that it is possible to reintegrate the field by taking structural contingency theory as the core theory and adding on to it selective propositions from the newer paradigms. He also offers suggestions for needed reforms in the US academic cultural and institutional system.

    • Unique and highly controversial examination and criticism of popular US theories of organizational theory
    • In depth critique of theories and includes evidence from actual organizations
    • Provoking and well-written book by leading academic in the field
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    • Date Published: March 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521479172
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Anti-management paradigms in organization theory
    2. Structural contingency theory of organizational adaptation
    3. A critique of population-ecology theory
    4. A critique of institutional theory
    5. A critique of resource dependence theory
    6. A critique of organizational economics
    7. Towards a unified theory of organizational structure
    8. A way forward for organizational structural theory.

  • Author

    Lex Donaldson, University of New South Wales, Sydney

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