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Intellectual and Institutional Foundations of Organization Theory


Part of Elements in Organization Theory

  • Date Published: August 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108709323

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  • This Element reviews the first 120 years of organization theory, examining its development from the sociology of organizations and management theory. It is initially organized around two streams of thought. The first is found in political economy and the sociology of organizations, with an emphasis on understanding the new organizations that arose in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The second derives from practitioner–scholars, whose aim was to provide theories and approaches to managing these new organizations. The Element then shows how each of the streams of understanding and managing came together to produce organization theory. In doing this, it also describes how the institutional frameworks in academic associations, academic centres and journals came out of these approaches and how they strengthened the development of organization theory.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108709323
    • length: 75 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 6 mm
    • weight: 0.2kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Understanding organizations – the beginnings
    3. Managing organizations – the classics
    4. Understanding organizations – the establishment of an approach
    5. Comparative management – no one best way
    6. Conclusions.

  • Authors

    Bob Hinings, University of Alberta

    Renate E. Meyer, Wirtschaftsuniversitat Wien, Austria

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