Key Concepts in Organization Theory

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Overview

The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.

This indispensable guide to the key concepts of organization theory is your compass as you navigate through the often complex and abstract theories about the design and functioning of organizations. Designed to complement and elucidate your textbook or reading list, as well as introduce you to concepts that some courses neglect, this historical and interdisciplinary A-Z account of the field:

Helps you understand the basics of organization theory

Allows you to check your understanding of specific concepts

Fills in any gaps left by your course reading, and

Is a powerful revision tool

Each entry is consistently structured, providing a definition of the concept and why it's important to theory and practice, followed by a summary of current debates and a list of further reading. This companion will provide you with the nuts and bolts of an understanding that will serve you not just in your organization studies course, but throughout your degree and beyond.

Key concepts include: agency theory; business strategy; corporate governance; decision making; environmental uncertainly; globalization; industrial democracy; organizational change; stakeholder theory; storytelling and narrative research; technology and organization structure.

This text is ideal for undergraduate or MBA students of Organization Studies and Organization Theory.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'Luhman and Cunliffe have provided a glossary of organization theory terms from agency to storytelling to transaction cost economics. In doing so they provide an important resource to any course on organizations, so students can make their path through the terminological jungle. Each chapter is a rest stop on the journey, providing helpful hints, pointing out the dangers of the terrain and the safest paths to follow' -
Professor David Boje
New Mexico State University

'Luhman and Cunliffe perform a valuable service, helping to capture and make accessible the richness of current organizational theory and behaviour' -
Richard J. Badham, Professor of Management
Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, Austrailia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847875532
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/2/2012
  • Series: SAGE Key Concepts Series
  • Pages: 182
  • Sales rank: 1,304,091
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Cunliffe is Professor of Organization Studies at the University of Leeds. She previously held positions at the University of New Mexico, California State University, the University of New Hampshire, USA and the University of Hull, UK. She is also a Visiting Professor at Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil and the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Ann’s current research interests lie at the intersection of organizational studies, philosophy and communications, to examine how organizational life, identities and action are shaped in living conversations. In particular, she is interested in exploring how we can engage in collaborative, responsive and ethical ways of managing organizations. Other interests include: leadership; self-work; sensemaking; collaboration; developing reflexive approaches to management research, practice and learning; and expanding the reach and ‘rigor’ of non-positivist qualitative research. Her recent publications include the co-authored book Key Concepts in Organization Theory with John Luhman (2012), and articles in Organizational Research Methods, Human Relations, Management Learning, the Journal of Management Studies, and Organization Studies. In 2002 she was awarded the Breaking the Frame Award from the Journal of Management Inquiry for ‘the article that best exemplifies a challenge to existing thought’. Ann is currently co Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Management Learning and Consulting Editor of Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management. She is a member of 8 international editorial boards, was Division Chair of the Critical Management Studies Division of the Academy of Management (2010) and organizes the biennial Qualitative Research in Management and Organization Conference. She received her Ph D. and M.Phil. from Lancaster University, UK.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

About the Authors viii

Introduction ix

Agency Theory 1

Alienation 6

Authority 10

Bureaucracy 15

Business Strategy 19

Complexity Science 24

Contested Exchange Theory 27

Control 30

Cooperativism 34

Corporate Governance 39

Decision Making 45

Discourse in Organizations 50

Environmental Uncertainty 56

Environment-Organization Interaction 60

Flexibility 64

Globalization 72

Industrial Democracy 79

Institutional Theory 84

Labor Process Theory 89

Life Cycle Models 94

Materiality 99

Organization Structure and Design 105

Organizational Change 111

Organizational Culture 118

Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management 123

Organizational Space 134

Postmodern Turn and Organization Studies 140

Power and Politics 145

Scientific Management 150

Stakeholder Theory 153

Storytelling and Narrative Research 158

Structuration Theory 162

Systems Theory 166

Technology and Organization Structure 170

Transaction Cost Economics 176

Note 179

Index 180

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