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Key Concepts in Organization Theory

by John T Luhman and Ann L Cunliffe Sage Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
10/2012
ISBN:
9781847875532
Format:
Pbk 192 pages
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From agency theory to workplace democracy, this indispensable guide to the key concepts of organization theory is your compass as you navigate through the often complex and abstract theories about the design and functioning of organizations. Designed to complement and elucidate your textbook or reading list, as well as introduce you to concepts that some courses neglect, this historical and interdisciplinary A-Z account of the field: - Helps you understand the basics of organization theory - Allows you to check your understanding of specific concepts - Fills in any gaps left by your course reading, and - Is a powerful revision tool Each entry is consistently structured, providing a definition of the concept and why it's important to theory and practice, followed by a summary of current debates and a list of further reading. This companion will provide you with the nuts and bolts of an understanding that will serve you not just in your organization studies course, but throughout your degree and beyond.

INTRODUCTION CONCEPTS AGENCY THEORY ALIENATION AUTHORITY BUREAUCRACY BUSINESS STRATEGY COMPLEXITY SCIENCE CONTESTED EXCHANGE THEORY CONTROL COOPERATIVISM CORPORATE GOVERNANCE DECISION MAKING DISCOURSE IN ORGANIZATIONS ENVIRONMENTAL UNCERTAINTY ENVIRONMENT-ORGANIZATION INTERACTION FLEXIBILITY GLOBALIZATION INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACY INSTITUTIONAL THEORY LABOR PROCESS THEORY LIFE CYCLE MODELS MATERIALITY ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE AND DESIGN ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNING AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATIONAL SPACE POSTMODERN TURN AND ORGANIZATION STUDIES POWER AND POLITICS SCIENTIFIC MANAGEMENT STAKEHOLDER THEORY STORYTELLING AND NARRATIVE RESEARCH STRUCTURATION THEORY SYSTEMS THEORY TECHNOLOGY AND ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE TRANSACTION COST ECONOMICS

'Luhman and Cunliffe have provided a glossary of organization theory terms from agency to storytelling to transaction cost economics. In doing so they provide an important resource to any couse on organizations, so students can make their path through the terminological jungle. Each chapter is a rest stop on the jourey, providing helpful hints, pointing out the dangers of the terrain and the safest paths to follow' - Professor David Boje New Mexico State University 'Luhman and Cunliffe perform a valuable service, helping to capture and make accessible the richness of current organizational theory and behaviour' - Richard J. Badham, Professor of ManagementMacquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, Austrailia
Ann Cunliffe is Professor of Organization Studies at the University of Leeds. She previously held positions at the University of New Mexico, California State University, the University of New Hampshire, USA and the University of Hull, UK. She is also a Visiting Professor at FundaA§A£o Getulio Vargas, Brazil and the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Annas current research interests lie at the intersection of organizational studies, philosophy and communications, to examine how organizational life, identities and action are shaped in living conversations. In particular, she is interested in exploring how we can engage in collaborative, responsive and ethical ways of managing organizations. Other interests include: leadership; self-work; sensemaking; collaboration; developing reflexive approaches to management research, practice and learning; and expanding the reach and arigora of non-positivist qualitative research. Her recent publications include the co-authored book Key Concepts in Organization Theory with John Luhman (2012), and articles in Organizational Research Methods, Human Relations, Management Learning, the Journal of Management Studies, and Organization Studies. In 2002 she was awarded the Breaking the Frame Award from the Journal of Management Inquiry for athe article that best exemplifies a challenge to existing thoughta. Ann is currently co Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Management Learning and Consulting Editor of Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management. She is a member of 8 international editorial boards, was Division Chair of the Critical Management Studies Division of the Academy of Management (2010) and organizes the biennial Qualitative Research in Management and Organization Conference. She received her PhD. and M.Phil. from Lancaster University, UK.