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The Sociology of Organizations : Classic, Contemporary, and Critical Readings

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`Michael Handel has assembled an authoritative and wide-ranging collection of key articles in the organizations field, and complements these papers with a terrific critical survey of the literature. His introductory essays will benefit both students and researchers alike. This collection is a real service to the field' - Walter W Powell, Stanford University



This volume of primary readings and overview essays provides a comprehensive introduction to the sociology of organizations. The readings represent a wide range of theoretical perspectives and substantive topics. Most readings are either classics in the field or works that are widely used and cited. In clear prose the section introductions explain key terms and concepts, provide illustrations, and summarize debates and related research in a brief overview essay. The completeness of the section introductions means this book can be used as either a supplementary reader or as a stand-alone text.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 552 pages
  • 187 x 231 x 29.72mm | 930g
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0761987665
  • 9780761987666
  • 725,912

Table of contents

Preface
Introduction
Organizations as Rational Systems I: Classic Theories of Bureaucracy and Administration - Michael J. Handel
A. Early Definitions of Organization and Management
Bureaucracy and Legitimate Authority - Max Weber
Critique
B. Scientific Management and the Treatment of Labor
The Principles of Scientific Management - Frederick W. Taylor
Critique
The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century - Harry Braverman
Organizations as Rational Systems II: Contingency Theory and the Discover of Organizational Variation - Michael J. Handel
The Management of Innovation - Tom Burns / G.M. Stalker
Technology and Organization - Joan Woodward
The Measurement of Organization Structures - D.S. Pugh
Organizations as Human and Social Systems I: The Impulse to Reform Work - Michael J. Handel
A. The Early Human Relations Movement
The Hawthorne Experiments - George C. Homans
Critique
Hawthorne, the Myth of the Docile Worker, and Class Bias in Psychology - Dana Bramel / Ronald Friend
B. Humanistic Management and Contemporary Employee Involvement
The Human Side of Enterprise - Douglas McGregor
From Control to Commitment in the Workplace - Richard E. Walton
A Differnt Kind of Company: From Control to Commitment in Practice - Saul Rubinstein
Critique
Inside a Japanese Transplant: A Critical Perspective - Laurie Graham
Organizations as Human and Social Systems II: Informal Organizations as Shadow Structure - Michael J. Handel
Conflicts Between Staff and Line Managerial Officers - Melville Dalton
The World of Corporate Managers - Robert Jackall
Manufacturing Consent: Changes in the Labor Process Under Market Capitalism - Michael Burawoy
Rationality and Non-Rationality in Organizational Decision Making - Michael J. Handel
Conceptual Models and the Cuban Missile Crisis - Graham Allison
Power Inside Organizations - Michael J. Handel
Organizations and Oligarchy - Robert Michaels
Organizations as Open Systems: Organizations and Their Environments - Michael J. Handel
A. Resource Dependency Theory
The External Control of Organizations: A Resource Dependence Perspective - Jeffrey Pfeffer / Gerald R. Salancik
B. Institutional Theory
The Iron Cage Revisited: Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organizational Fields - Paul DiMaggio / Wlater Powell
Organizational Ecology
Density-Dependent Processes - Glenn R. Carroll / Michael T. Hannan
Economic Theories of Organizations - Michael J. Handel
Theory of the Firm: Managerial Behavior, Agency Costs, and Ownership Structure - Michael C. Jensen /William H. Meckling
The Economics of Organization: The Transaction Cost Approach - Oliver E. Williamson
Critique
Markets, Hierarchies and Hegemony - Charles Perrow
The Evolution of Modern Business Organization: From Big Business to Post-Fordism - Michael J. Handel
A. Alfred Chandler's Account of the Rise of Big Business
The Emergence of Managerial Capitalism - Alfred D. Chandler, Jr.
B. Post-Bureaucratic Alternatives to Big Business
Neither Market Nor Hierarchy: Network Forms of Organization - Walter W. Powell
Critique
Lean and Mean: The Changing Landscape of Corporate Power in an Age of Flexibility - Bennett Harrison
Organizational Culture - Michael J. Handel
Engineering Culture: Control and Commitment in a High-Tech Corporation - Gideon Kunda
Organizations and Society: Gender, Race, Class, and Politics - Michael J. Handel
Men and Women of the Corporation - Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Black Mobility in Corporations: Up the Corporate Ladder but Out on a Limb - Sharon Collins
Segmented Labor Markets - Richard Edwards
The Access Process: Loopholes as a System - Dan Clawson Alan Neustadtl, and Denise Scott
Organizational Deviance - Michael J. Handel
Normal Accidents: Living With High-Risk Technologies - Charles Perrow
Rational Choice, Situated Action, and the Social Control of Organizations:; The Challenger Launch Decision - Diane Vaughan
Democratic Alternatives to Capitalist Bureaucracy: Worker Ownerships and Self-Management - Michael J. Handel
The Collectivist Organization: An Alternative to Rational Bureaucratic Models - Joyce Rothschild-Whitt
Worker Ownership, Participation, and Control: Toward a Theoretical Model - William Foote/Joseph R. Blasi/Douglas Lynn Kruse
Government, Nonprofit Agencies, and Voluntary Associations - Michael J. Handel
Street-Level Bureaucracy - Michael Lipsky
References
Index
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Review quote

"A unique
reader and commentary with broad coverage of the classics, combined with a
healthy skepticism about received theories and an emphasis on the impact of
organizations on society. The lucid commentary brightens the field." -- Charles Perrow "Michael Handel has assembled an authoritative and
wide-ranging collection of key articles in the organizations field, and
complements these papers with a terrific critical survey of the literature. His
introductory essays will benefit both students and researchers alike. This
collection is a real service to the field." -- Walter W. Powell
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