Theories of Organization

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Henry L. Tosi’s Theories of Organization offers a unique treatment of a broad range of important theoretical approaches to the study of organizations, including a thorough overview of classical theory, institutional theory, population ecology, critical organization theory, and postmodern approaches. Tosi also provides a helpful summary of the work of Chester Barnard, the contributions of James March and Herbert Simon, and economic approaches to organization.

Rather than focusing on specific topics, such as authority, goals, and organizational structure, this unique treatment of organizational theory provides comprehensive coverage of the important variables and relationships in each of a broad range of theories, thus providing the reader with a thorough understanding of each of the theoretical models included.

Key Features:

  • Includes excerpts from seminal works and summaries of key theoretical models that form the basis of the field of organization theory
  • Features a logical organization, with each of the main sections serving as a summary or abstract of a theoretical framework—including variables and propositions—thus allowing the reader to see the entire theoretical framework and all of its attendant interrelationships
  • Provides concepts and methodology that have been class-tested successfully over many years
  • Helps readers understand each of the theoretical models included by explaining the variables constituting each theoretical network in a clear, straightforward writing style

Intended Audience: This book is useful as a supplemental text in advanced undergraduate or graduate courses in Organizational Theory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412924993
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/8/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,427,066
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Tosi is currently the Mc Griff Professor of Management Emeritus at the University of Florida. He received his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 1964. Before coming to Gainesville, he was on the faculty at Michigan State University and the University of Maryland. He has been a visiting faculty member at the University of California-Irvine, Emory University, Cornell University in the United States. He also has held visiting appointments at Luigi Bocconi University (Milan, Italy), LUISS (Rome, Italy), the University of Catania in Sicily, and the University of Modena (Modena, Italy). He has been the President of the Midwest Division of the Academy of Management, a founding member of the Organizational Behavior Division and the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management, as well as serving on the Board of Governors. In addition, he has served on the editorial review boards of Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Business Research, and The Academy of Management Review. Along with Bernard Bass and Robert House, he is a founding editor of The Leadership Quarterly.

His research has covered a range of diverse topics. His work on Management by Objectives was among the first serious research studies on the role of goals and goal setting in organizations. His most recent work has been on CEO compensation issues and organizational control. His scholarly papers have appeared in The Academy of Management Journal, The Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Personnel Psychology, The Journal of Applied Psychology, The Journal of Business, Human Relations, Business Horizons, and The California Management Review.

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Table of Contents

Part I - Overture
Chapter 1 –About Theories of Organization
Chapter 2 – Assumptions About the Nature of Social Science and Society - Gibson Burrell and Gareth Morgan
Part II - Closed System Rational Models
Chapter 3 – The Classical Approach: The Fundamentals of Top Management - Ralph C. Davis
Part III - Closed System Natural Models
Chapter 4 - The Functions of the Executive - Chester Barnard
Part IV - Integrative Approaches to Organization
Chapter 5 – Organizations Power and Compliance: Amatai Etzioni’s A Comparative Analysis of Complex Organizations - Robert J. House
Chapter 6 - James D. Thompson’s Organizations in Action - Donna Goehle
Part V - Open System Rational Models
Bounded Rationality
Chapter 7 – James March and Herbert Simon, Organizations - Henry Tosi
Contingency Theories
Chapter 8 -Burns and Stalker, The Management of Innovation
Chapter 9 - Woodward's Industrial Organization - Donna Goehle
Chapter 10 - Organization Analysis: A Sociological Point of View - Charles Perrow
Chapter 11. Henry Mintzberg, The Structuring of Organizations - Janice H. Zahrly
Economic Approaches
Chapter 12-Agency Theory: an Assessment and Overview - Kathleen Eisenhardt
Chapter 13 - Theory of Managerial Capitalism - Henry Tosi
Chapter 14 The Markets and Hierarchies Program of Research: Origins, Implications, Prospects - Oliver Williamson and William Ouchi
Part VI - Open System Natural Models
Chapter 15 - Selznick’s TVA and the Grass Roots - Henry Tosi
Chapter 16 The Population Ecology of Organizations by - Michael Hannan and John Freeman
Chapter 17 - The Adolescence of Institutional Theory - W. Richard Scott
Part VII - Critical Theory and Post Modernism
Chapter 18 Critical Organizational Theory - John M. Jermier
Chapter 19 -Past Postmodernism? Reflections and Tentative Directions - Marta Calas and Linda Smircich

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