Organization Theory: From Chester Barnard to the Present and Beyond / Edition 2

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Overview


This collection of papers is edited by renowned business thinker Oliver Williamson, who is currently Transamerica Professor of Corporate Strategy at the School of Business Administration at Berkeley. The fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Chester I. Barnard's remarkable and still influential book, The Functions of the Executive, was celebrated with a seminar series at the University of California, Berkeley in the Spring of 1988. Eight of those lectures are published here. The contributors include organization specialists and sociologists (Barbara Levitt and James March; W. Richard Scott; Glenn Carroll; Jeffrey Pfeffer), an anthropologist, a political scientist, and two economists (Mary Douglas; Terry Moe; Oliver Hart; Oliver Williamson). An important contribution to organization theory, this volume reports on recent progress in this field, and projects a productive research future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195098303
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Edition description: ENL
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,266,659
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction 3
1 Chester I. Barnard and the Intelligence of Learning 11
2 Symbols and Organizations: From Barnard to the Institutionalists 38
3 On the Organizational Ecology of Chester I. Barnard 56
4 Incentives in Organizations: The Importance of Social Relations 72
5 Converging on Autonomy: Anthropology and Institutional Economics 98
6 The Politics of Structural Choice: Toward a Theory of Public Bureaucracy 116
7 An Economist's Perspective on the Theory of the Firm 154
8 Chester Barnard and the Incipient Science of Organization 172
9 Transaction Cost Economics and Organization Theory 207
Index 257
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