Social Theory for Action: How Individuals and Organizations Learn to Change

Social Theory for Action: How Individuals and Organizations Learn to Change

by William Foote Whyte
     
 

How do individuals, groups and organizations function? Exploring this question, the noted sociologist William Foote Whyte develops a comprehensive theory of individual motivation, social interaction and organizational learning by drawing upon research on social settings, industrial organizations and agricultural development.

Committed to the concept of

Overview

How do individuals, groups and organizations function? Exploring this question, the noted sociologist William Foote Whyte develops a comprehensive theory of individual motivation, social interaction and organizational learning by drawing upon research on social settings, industrial organizations and agricultural development.

Committed to the concept of participation as a strategy both for organizational functioning and for research, Whyte convincingly demonstrates the efficacy of his views in examples as diverse as Peruvian potato farmers, Spanish work cooperatives and Fortune 500 corporations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803941663
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
04/17/1991
Pages:
312

Meet the Author

William Foote Whyte, a sociology professor known for his work with urban gangs, died July 16. He was eighty-six. A 1936 graduate of Swarthmore, he earned a Ph D in sociology from the University of Chicago. He began teaching on the Hill in 1948 as one of the first ILR professors. The title of his autobiography, Participant Observer, reflects his approach to academia—that a researcher can be a positive force for social change. "If there is a common theme in my work, it is my commitment to social exploration," he wrote. "Fieldwork fascinates me. I want to explain what is out there. "

Whyte, who became an emeritus professor in 1979, published twenty books, including the ground-breaking Street Corner Society, a 1943 study of Italian gangs in Boston's North End. He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Kathleen King Whyte, four children, twelve grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

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