Theories of Macro-Organizational Behavior: A Handbook of Ideas and Explanations / Edition 1

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In a primer on organization theory, principal author Vibert (business strategy, Acadia U., Wolfville, Nova Scotia) overviews four paradigms for treating large-scale organized behavior: functionalist, interpretative and social constructionist, symbolic interactionism, and radical humanist and structuralist (including Marxist and poststructuralist feminist views). Following an introduction to functional economic theories (e.g., neoclassical, stakeholder, and metaphorical perspectives), the contributors explore these diverse conceptual lenses and their import for practice and social innovation in the private and public sectors. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765612953
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/31/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
2 A Primer on Organization Theory 10
Pt. I Functional Economic Theories of the Firm 15
3 Neoclassical Economics Perspective 19
4 Chicago School Perspective 22
5 Bain-Mason Perspective 26
6 Transaction Cost Perspective 29
7 Network Perspective 33
8 Agency Theory Perspective 41
9 Stakeholder Perspective 45
10 Resource-Based Theory Perspective 50
11 Behavioral Perspective 54
12 Game Theory Perspective 59
13 Property Rights Perspective 64
14 Knowledge Perspective 69
15 Evolutionary Perspective 73
16 Natural Environment Perspective 77
Pt. II Functional Organization Theories 83
17 Bureaucracy Perspective 85
18 Contingency Perspective 89
19 Strategic Choice Perspective 93
20 Resource Dependence Perspective 98
21 Population Ecology Perspective 102
22 Institutional Perspective 107
23 Chaos Perspective 111
Pt. III Interpretive and Social Constructionist Perspectives 117
24 Symbolic Interactionism Perspective 119
25 Dramaturgical Perspective 124
26 Metaphorical Perspective 129
27 Sensemaking Perspective 134
28 Organizational Rules Perspective 140
29 Culture Perspective 147
Pt. IV Radical Humanist and Structuralist Perspectives 153
30 Configuration Perspective 157
31 Postmodern Perspective 163
32 Critical Theory Perspective 170
33 Marxist Perspective 176
34 Poststructuralist Feminism Perspective 180
35 Conclusion 186
References 189
Recommended Readings 215
About the Author and Contributors 219
Index 221
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