For advanced undergraduate courses on organizations, sociology of organizations, organizations & management, and organization theory. Courses can be found in the departments of sociology, business and public administration departments.
Organizations and Organizing: Rational, Natural and Open Systems 1/e, covers the early history of organization studies, provides a comprehensive framework for comparing competing theoretical paradigms, and addresses major developments in the most recent decade. Its scholarly yet accessible conceptual framework encourages our diverse scholarly community to come together to consider common issues and problems.
W. Richard Scott is a professor at Stanford University and is the author of numerous books, including the best-selling Organizations: Rational, Natural and Open Systems, which this new book replaces. Gerald F. Davis is a professor of Management and Organizations in the University of Michigan Business School. He brings extensive knowledge of strategy, social networks and social movements to this new book.
Chapter 1: The Subject is Organizations; The Verb is Organizing
Chapter 2: Organizations as Rational Systems
Chapter 3: Organizations as Natural Systems
Chapter 4: Organizations as Open Systems
Chapter 5: Combining Perspectives, Expanding Levels
Chapter 6: Technology and Structure
Chapter 7: Labor and Structure
Chapter 8: Goals, Power, and Control
Chapter 9: The Dyadic Environment of the Organization
Chapter 10: Organization of the Environment
Chapter 11: Networks In and Around Organizations
Chapter 12: Strategy, Structure, and Performance: The Sociology of Organizational Strategy
Chapter 13: The Rise and Transformation of the Corporate Form
Chapter 14: Changing Contours of Organizations and Organization Theory
With the rapidly changing dynamics in organizations, how do you bring your students to understand the recent theories and directions for change in organizations?
Two concluding chapters are devoted to examining changes over time in organizations and organization theory and to charting recent challenges and outlining promising directions for future work.
Several chapters provide comprehensive guides to arguments and evidence in the areas of labor and personal management, strategy and networks.
Pays attention to organizational strategy, organizational conflict and political views of organizations
Expansive coverage of globalization and the effects of trans-societal frameworks and processes.
Written not exclusively from a management perspective, this text addresses managerial concerns while recognizing that all of us are legitimate stakeholders in organizations, whether as citizens, rank-and-file participants or customers/clients.