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Organizational Behavior 2: Essential Theories of Process and Structure
Authored by: John B. Miner
 




Cloth ISBN: 978-0-7656-1525-1 Paper ISBN: 978-0-7656-1526-8
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Information: 464pp. Tables, figures, references, index.
Publication Date: August 2005.  

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Description: This comprehensive text provides a detailed review and analysis of the building-block theories in the macro-organizational behavior field. John Miner has identified the key theories that any student or scholar needs to understand to be considered literate in the discipline.

Each chapter includes the background of the theorist represented, the context in which the theory arose, the initial and subsequent theoretical statements, research on the theory by the theory's author and others (including meta-analysis and reviews), and practical applications. Special features, including boxed summaries of each theory at the beginning of each chapter; two introductory chapters on the scientific method and the development of knowledge; and detailed, comprehensive references, help make this text especially useful for every student and scholar in the field.


Selected Contents:

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments

PART I. SCIENTIFIC INTRODUCTION
1. Science and Its Theory
2. The Conduct of Research and the Development of Knowledge
PART II. ORGANIZATIONAL DECISION MAKING
3. Administrative Behavior and Organizations: Herbert Simon, James March and Herbert Simon
4. Behavioral Theory of the Firm: Richard Cyert, James March
5. Organizational Learning Concepts: James March
6. Organizing and Sensemaking: Karl Weick
7. Image Theory: Lee Roy Beach
PART III. SYSTEMS CONCEPTS OF ORGANIZATIONS
8. Control Theory (Using the Control Graph): Arnold Tannenbaum
9. The Social Psychology of Organizations: Daniel Katz, Robert Kahn
10. Sociotechnical Systems Theory: Eric Trist, Fred Emery
11. Sociological Open Systems Theory: James Thompson
12. Mechanistic and Organic Systems: Tom Burns, G. M. Stalker
13. Contingency Theory of Organizations--Differentiation and Integration: Paul Lawrence, Jay Lorsch
PART IV. BUREAUCRACY-RELATED CONCEPTS
14. The Theory of Bureaucracy: Max Weber
15. Theory Undergirding the Aston Studies: Derek Pugh, David Hickson, C. Robert Hinings
16. Theory of Differentiation: Peter Blau
17. Goal Congruence Theory and Organization Development: Chris Argyris
18. Organizational Culture Theory and Process Consultation: Edgar Schein
PART V. SOCIOLOGICAL CONCEPTS OF ORGANIZATIONS
19. External Control of Organizations--Resource Dependence Perspective: Jeffrey Pfeffer, Gerald Salancik
20. Neoinstitutional Theory: John Meyer and Richard Scott, Lynne Zucker, Paul DiMaggio, and Walter Powell
21. Organizational Ecology and Demography: Michael Hannan, John Freeman, Glenn Carroll

Name Index
Subject Index
About the Author

Comment(s): "John Miner's thorough scholarship commends him as the outstanding reviewer and commentator of organizational behavior and all its varied theories. This review of organizational process and structure is exemplary in its range of theories and depth of discussion. It is a highly valuable guide and is stimulating reading." -- Lex Donaldson, Australian Graduate School of Management


Review(s): " On the first three volumes: ... these books are fine scholarly works. One can hardly imagine a professor of management or management doctoral student who does not have these books and regularly refer to them as a source of information and inspiration." -- Academy of Management Review


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