NEW THINKING IN ORGANIZATION BEHAVIOR

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The central theme in this selection of readings is the importance of reflective action in the process of managing formal organizations. Contrary to traditional thinking in Organizational Behaviour (OB) which sees management in terms of social engineering, new thinking in OB highlights the subjective and reflective relationship between managers and the organizations they attempt to manage. Organizations are viewed as fluid, ambiguous constructions, the nature of which depends crucially on the interpretative ...
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Overview

The central theme in this selection of readings is the importance of reflective action in the process of managing formal organizations. Contrary to traditional thinking in Organizational Behaviour (OB) which sees management in terms of social engineering, new thinking in OB highlights the subjective and reflective relationship between managers and the organizations they attempt to manage. Organizations are viewed as fluid, ambiguous constructions, the nature of which depends crucially on the interpretative frameworks applied to them. The articles chosen are all very recent, and written by leading authorities in the field. Although their authors elaborate on the main features of new thinking in OB, they do so through its juxtaposition with traditional theory. In his introduction, the editor has synthesized the arguments of the contributors within the new approach to OB as well as showing their connections to the wider literature.
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Contains 13 recent essays explaining new thinking in organizational behavior juxtaposed with traditional theory. Covers the importance of reflective action in the process of managing formal organizations, and focuses on the subjective and reflective relationship between managers and their organizations. Discusses the symbolic texture of organizing, enacting organizational reality, and a unified view of working, learning, and innovation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750617635
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Series: Management Reader Ser.
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: From social engineering to reflective action in organizational behaviour 1
Pt. 1 Of Maps and Territories: Frameworks for Understanding Organizations 23
1 Mechanisms, organisms and social systems 25
2 Teaching MBAs transformational thinking 40
Pt. 2 Ambiguity and Interpretation in Organizations 51
3 How we talk and how we act: administrative theory and administrative life 53
4 Toward a model of organizations as interpretation systems 70
Pt. 3 Webs of Meaning: The Symbolic Texture of Organizing 91
5 The organization as theater 93
6 Cultural change: an integration of three different views 108
Pt. 4 The Organization is in the Mind: Enacting Organizational Reality 133
7 Organization as flux and transformation 135
8 Organizational culture as a source of high reliability 147
Pt. 5 Order Without Design: Self-organization 163
9 Organizational learning and communities-of-practice: toward a unified view of working, learning and innovation 165
10 Of strategies, deliberate and emergent 188
Pt. 6 Beyond Social Engineering: Towards a Reflective Practice of Management 209
11 Cartographic myths in organizations 211
12 The value of humanities in executive development 221
13 Teaching artistry through reflection-in-action 235
Index 251
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