Sociology of Organizations: An Anthology of Contemporary Theory and Research / Edition 1

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Wharton's anthology provides an overview of contemporary theory and research in the sociology of organizations. Three features of this book are particularly distinctive:

* An emphasis on sociological content: Although the readings reflect the multidisciplinarity and breadth of the organizations area, this anthology gives primary emphasis to selections with sociological content. Hence, the book should have strong appeal to instructors and students seeking a sociological understanding of organizations.

* Attention to contemporary theory and research: A unique feature of this anthology is its attention to contemporary theory and research on organizations. At the same time, Wharton grounds the book in the "modern classics." The readings reveal how organizational sociology contributes to our understanding of key social and economic issues, such as diversity, globalization, and the environment.

* Comprehensive, research-based, and methodologically diverse: The book is comprehensive in its coverage of topics, levels of analysis, and methodological approaches.

Topics covered include:
* Conceptions of organizations
* Organizational structure
* Historical development of the capitalist firm
* Nonprofits and alternative organizational forms
* Organizational culture
* Organizational demography and social networks
* Environments and organizational change

Introductions to each section identify and explain central issues, key concepts, and relationships among topics.

"There are a number of strengths to recommend in this anthology. First, the selections complement each other superbly. Second, the theory and research areintellectually stimulating and cutting-edge. Third, the variety of empirical approaches--from historical to ethnographic to survey research--are fascinating in their own right. Fourth, the eight topical sections encompass a rich variety of sub-themes while providing a broad orientation and structure for students."--Matthew Archibald, Emory University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933220055
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 538

Table of Contents

Part I: Understanding Organizations

A. Foundations of Contemporary Organizational Sociology

Chapter 1: Reflections on a Half-Century of Organizational Sociology, W. Richard Scott

Chapter 2: Markets, Bureaucracies, and Clans, William G. Ouchi

Chapter 3: Why Bureaucracy?, Charles Perrow

Chapter 4: The Social Structure of Managerial Work, Robert Jackall

Chapter 5: Institutionalized Organizations: Formal Structure as Myth and Ceremony, John W. Meyer and Brian Rowan

B. Varieties of Organizations

Chapter 6: Organizing America: Wealth, Power, and the Origins of Corporate Capitalism, Charles Perrow

Chapter 7: Bureaucracy and Democracy in Organizations: Revisiting Feminist Organizations, Catherine Alter

Chapter 8: Nonprofit Organizations in International Development: Agents of Empowerment or Preservers of Stability?, Brian H. Smith

Chapter 9: Homophily in Voluntary Organizations: Status Distance and the Composition of Face-to-Face Groups, J. Miller McPherson and Lynn Smith-Lovin

Chapter 10: Democratizing Rural Economy: Institutional Friction, Sustainable Struggle and the Cooperative Movement, Patrick H. Mooney

Part II: Inside Organizations

A. Culture and Control

Chapter 11: Boundary Control: The Social Ordering of Work and Family Time in a High-tech Corporation, Leslie A. Perlow

Chapter 12: An Alternative to Bureaucratic Impersonality and Emotional Labor: Bounded Emotionality at The Body Shop, Joanne Martin, Kathleen Knopoff, and Christine Beckman

Chapter 13: Maintaining NormsAbout Expressed Emotions: The Case of Bill Collectors, Robert I. Sutton

Chapter 14: Metaphors and Meaning: An Intercultural Analysis of the Concept of Teamwork, Cristina B. Gibson and Mary E. Zellmer-Bruhn

Chapter 15: Beach Time, Bridge Time, and Billable Hours: The Temporal Structure of Technical Contracting, James A. Evans, Gideon Kunda, and Stephen R. Barley

B. Power and Conflict

Chapter 16: Covert Political Conflict in Organizations: Challenges from Below, Calvin Morrill, Mayer N. Zald, and Hayagreeva Rao

Chapter 17: A Social Movement Perspective on Corporate Control, Gerald F. Davis and Tracy A. Thompson

Chapter 18: Two Faces of the Powerless: Coping With Tyranny in Organizations, Robert J. Bies and Thomas M. Tripp

Chapter 19: When Cymbals Become Symbols: Conflict Over Organizational Identity within a Symphony Orchestra, Mary Ann Glynn

C. Demography, Inequality, and Social Networks

Chapter 20: Cultural Diversity at Work: The Effects of Diversity Perspectives on Work Group Processes and Outcomes, Robin J. Ely and David A. Thomas

Chapter 21: Race, Opportunity, and Diversity of Social Circles in Managerial Networks, Herminia Ibarra

Chapter 22: The Effects of Organizational Demographics and Social Identity on Relationships Among Professional Women, Robin J. Ely

Chapter 23: (In)Voluntary Association: A Multilevel Analysis of Gender Segregation in Voluntary Organizations, Pamela A. Popielarz

Part III: Organizations and Environments

A. The Creation of Organizational Forms

Chapter 24: The Iron Cage Revisited: Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organizational Fields, Paul J. DiMaggio and Walter W. Powell

Chapter 25: The Demographic Perspective, Glenn R. Carroll and Michael T. Hannan

Chapter 26: Caveat Emptor: The Construction of Nonprofit Consumer Watchdog Organizations, Hayagreeva Rao

B. Studies of Organizational Adaptation and Change

Chapter 27: Autonomy, Interdependence, and Social Control: NASA and the Space Shuttle Challenger, Diane Vaughan

Chapter 28: Institutional Pressures and Strategic Responsiveness: Employer Involvement in Work-Family Issues, Jerry D. Goodstein

Chapter 29: Breaking the Iron Law of Oligarchy: Union Revitalization in the American Labor Movement, Kim Voss and Rachel Sherman

Chapter 30: Institutional Sources of Practice Variation: Staffing College and University Recycling Programs, Michael Lounsbury

C. The Twenty-First Century Organization

Chapter 31: The Capitalist Firm in the Twenty-First Century: Emerging Patterns in Western Enterprise, Walter W. Powell

Chapter 32: Corporations, Classes, and Social Movements After Managerialism, Gerald F. Davis and Doug McAdam

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