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The analysis of complex organizations was largely descriptive until the 1960s. Conceptual and methodological developments then led to comparative analyses of complex organizations. These were comparisons across organizations at that time and are now comparative on a cross-national basis. Just as the comparative analyses were getting up to full speed, analysts began to realize that they were not including a very important element in their analyses. This element was the environment in which organizations were operating. Soon thereafter, other analysts began to point out that there were many activities carried out in and around organizations that were not based on strict rational models and that organizations developed their own systems of meanings. The dominant thrust at present is to try to develop theoretical explanations which work in combination with each other. This book traces these developments with the major articles of the times.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Series Preface
Introduction
1 Technology, Organization, and Administration 3
2 A Framework for the Comparative Analysis of Organizations 23
3 Dimensions of Organization Structure 39
4 The Concept of Bureaucracy: An Empirical Assessment 81
5 Technology and Organizational Structure: A Reexamination of the Findings of the Aston Group 91
6 Organizational Structure, Environment, and Performance: The Role of Strategic Choice 111
7 The Population Ecology of Organizations 133
8 Patterns of Interorganizational Relationships 169
9 For a Study of "The Social Effect": Universality and Specificity in Organization Research 187
10 Institutional Sources of Change in the Formal Structure of Organizations: The Diffusion of Civil Service Reforms, 1880-1935 209
11 Collective Mind in Organizations: Heedful Interrelating on Flight Decks 227
12 The Spread of the Multidivisional Form among Large Firms, 1919-1979 255
13 Market, Culture, and Authority: A Comparative Analysis of Management and Organization in the Far East 271
14 An Institutional Model of Organizational Practice: Financial Reporting at the Fortune 200 315
15 Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Organizational Change and Performance under Conditions of Fundamental Environmental Transformation 343
16 Similarity of Political Behavior Among Large American Corporations 373
17 Power and Managerial Dismissal: Scapegoating at the Top 397
Name Index 419
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