American Anti-Management Theories of Organization
A Critique of Paradigm Proliferation
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American Anti-Management Theories of Organization by Lex Donaldson
Book DescriptionThis book offers a critique of recent developments in the study of organizational structure in the USA. There has been a profusion of new paradigms offered in the USA and this has fragmented the field. Many of these paradigms share an anti-management quality, painting managers in an increasingly negative light. This book examines five major, contemporary US organizational theories: population-ecology, institutional, resource dependence, agency and transaction cost economics. Each of these theories and their attendant research is critically examined and severe problems are identified in either theoretical coherence or empirical validity. Lex Donaldson argues that it is possible to reintegrate the field by taking structural contingency theory as the core theory and adding on to it selective propositions from the newer paradigms. He also offers suggestions for needed reforms in the US academic cultural and institutional system.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521479172
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Mar-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Confronts the post-positivist theories of strategic choice and politics, and reasserts the validity of positivist and functional organization theory. This volume demonstrates the serious flaws, at both theoretical and empirical levels, in the political and strategic choice accounts of organization.
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