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Theories of Macro-Organizational Behavior: A Handbook of Ideas and Explanations
Authored by: Conor Vibert

Cloth ISBN: 978-0-7656-1294-6 Paper ISBN: 978-0-7656-1295-3
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Information: 240pp. Figures, references, suggested readings, index.
Publication Date: January 2004.  


Description: This book provides a comprehensive summary of the major theories meant to explain the way business and other organizations work, why they look and act as they do, and what makes some succeed and others fail. Among the many different approaches to the subject, no one school of thought accurately reflects current thinking on these issues. The author presents a much-needed overview of thirty of the major theories that underpin Organization Theory and Economic Organization. Each theory is summarized in a stand-alone fashion, allowing each chapter to be used either in complement or as a separate perspective. Integration of the various topics and perspectives is accomplished within section introductions and in the overall introduction and conclusion to the text.

The goal of this book is to inform students of the main issues confronting organizations, the main theoretical ideas within the different paradigms, why it is important to theorize about organizations, how these theories are constructed, and how learning is improved by scanning multiple perspectives. It can be used as a stand-alone uourse text or supplementary text for advanced undergraduate or graduate courses in Organization Theory, Strategic Management, or Economic Organization.

Selected Contents:

1. Introduction
2. A Primer on Organization Theory Deborah Hurst and Conor Vibert
Part 1. Functional Economic Theories of the Firm
3. Neoclassical Economics Perspective
4. Chicago School Perspective
5. Bain-Mason Perspective
6. Transaction Cost Perspective
7. Network Perspective
8. Agency Theory Perspective
9. Stakeholder Perspective
10. Resource-Based Theory Perspective
11. Behavioral Perspective
12. Game Theory Perspective
13. Property Rights Perspective
14. Knowledge Perspective
15. Evolutionary Perspective
16. Natural Environment Perspective Greg R. Berry
Part 2. Functional Organization Theories
17. Bureaucracy Perspective
18. Contingency Perspective
19. Strategic Choice Perspective
20. Resource Dependence Perspective
21. Population Ecology Perspective
22. Institutional Perspective
23. Chaos Perspective
Part 3. Interpretive and Social Constructionist Perspectives
24. Symbolic Interactionist Perspective Deborah Hurst and Conor Vibert
25. Dramaturgical Perspective
26. Metaphorical Perspective
27. Sensemaking Perspective Jean Helms Mills
28. Organizational Rules Perspective Albert J. Mills
29. Culture Perspective
Part 4. Humanist and Structuralist Perspectives Conor Vibert and Deborah Hurst
30. Configuration Perspective
31. Postmodern Perspective
32. Critical Theory Perspective
33. Marxist Perspective
34. Structuralist Feminism Perspective Deborah Hurst
35. Conclusion
Recommended Readings
About the Authors and Contributors

Comment(s): "Professor Vibert offers an excellent overview and summary of the field of organization theory. This text will provide a valuable reference resource for graduate students and practitioners in the field." -- Roy Suddaby, Department of Management and Organizations, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa

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