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This controversial book strongly criticizes recent developments in the study of organizational structure in the United States. It concentrates on five theories that are fashionable: population-ecology, institutional, resource dependence, agency and transaction costs economics. Each is shown to be flawed, either in its logic, or by studies of actual organizations. These sharply different theories have fragmented the field and present a negative view of managers. Lex Donaldson argues for an integrated theory built around structural contingency theory, that places managers in a more positive light.Read more
- Unique and highly controversial examination and criticism of popular US theories of organizational theory
- In depth critique of theories and includes evidence from actual organizations
- Provoking and well-written book by leading academic in the field
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"...this is a good book evevn for those who are not convinced by the structural contingency accounts of organizations....provides a well-articulated review and evaluation of diverse perspectives and points out their critical weaknesses." Huseyin Lelebici, Administrative Science Quarterly
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- Date Published: March 1995
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521479172
- length: 280 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.42kg
- contains: 2 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Anti-management paradigms in organization theory
2. Structural contingency theory of organizational adaptation
3. A critique of population-ecology theory
4. A critique of institutional theory
5. A critique of resource dependence theory
6. A critique of organizational economics
7. Towards a unified theory of organizational structure
8. A way forward for organizational structural theory.
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