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Handbook of Organization Studies Hardcover – September 19, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0761951322 ISBN-10: 0761951326 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 760 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; 1 edition (September 19, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761951326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761951322
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.3 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,799,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`The Handbook of Organization Studies is a timely and much needed addition to the field of study. The editors of this volume desired to map the terrain of organization studies, but to also generate conversations about it. Their goal was not to create a consensus but to create multiple dialogues about a field of study that continues to grow and develop. From the perspective of a practitioner of organization development, they most certainly have accomplished their goal' - Management Learning

`This handbook is organized to help teachers and students to cover the mainstream work in the field of organization studies. The aim has been to incorporate the diverse changes in the practice and knowledge of organizations that have occurred in recent years. This it review the old as well as the new. The Handbook is developed in three sections: frameworks for analysis; current issues in organization studies; and reflections on research, theory and practice. Part 1 identifies some of the major contemporary forms of theoretical practices in organization studies. Part 2 offers specific insight into subjects and considers the following: strategy, leadership, decision-making, cognition, groups, communications, technology, innovation, organization learning, diversity, the

ecological environment and globalization. Some of the issues are well-established, and others have developed in response to changes and challenges found in the contemporary world of organizations. in Part 3, the connection between theory and practice is examined closely. In the conclusion attention is given to the status of representation, as processes of representation o both the individual and the organizational subject provides an opportunity to carry out research that meshes theory and practice. This is an excellent reference tool with which to study organizational theory and practice' - International Review of Administrative Sciences

`In many ways, the editors have put together an impressive reference work, serious in intent and rigorous in implementation. As a publishing achievement, and a scholarly `event' in the field, SAGE is to be congratulated. It is designed as a work of synthesis, to link past and present, general and specific.... The Handbook is clearly intellectually challenging' - Journal of General Management

`It [the book] is well crafted: the editors have done a thoroughtly excellent job, and they have managed their contributing authors so they in turn express their theses clearly. I recommend this handbook to all who have to grapple with the "study" of an organization' - Journal of the Operational Research Society

`A valuable guide to major issues in the field' - Gareth Morgan, University of York

`The Handbook of Organization Studies completes the trilogy begun by two previous pathbreaking handbooks - March's Handbook of Organizations (1965) and Nystrom and Starbuck's Handbook of Organizational Design (1981). Like the earlier two handbooks, the editors have recruited an international group of up-and-coming junior scholars, as well as seasoned veterans, and the result is stunning... a gold mine of ideas. I wholeheartedly recommend this book' - Howard E Aldrich, Kenan Professor of Sociology, University of Northern Carolina at Chapel Hill

`A marvellous collection of up-to-date scholarship on organization studies from a whole array of perspectives. A must for any organization researcher's bookshelf' - Koya Azumi, Professor of Sociology, International Christian University, Tokyo

`The Handbook of Organization Studies provides a much-needed synthesis of the literature and knowledge about organizations and organizing.... I recommend it as an essential reference book for business schools as well as social science departments' - Professor Jean-Claude Thoenig, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France

`This book is the most significant contribution to the study of organizations to have appeared in one volume since the classic Handbook of Organizations which James March edited thirty years ago.... This Handbook of Organization Studies should remain relevant for at least as long as its predecessor' - John Child, Guinness Professor of Management Studies, The Judge Institute of Management Studies, University of Cambridge

`The Handbook of Organization Studies is a stunning accomplishment. The volume forces relics of an earlier era, like me, to rethink the fields of organizations and organization studies. It captures the exciting differences that are part of our literature in one place. The volume undoubtedly will stimulate new enquiries which will require another such handbook in another three decades' - Richard H Hall, Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Sociology and Management, State University of New York, Albany

`This book will stimulate many exciting conversations among readers that would not have occurred without it. It is creative in design and conception and the quality... is superb. Definintely, it will appeal to those who wish to celebrate the diversity of perspectives and issues in the field and outflank those who wish to imagine that there is nothing of value outside the mainstream' - Professor John M Jermier, University of South Florida, Tampa

About the Author

Stewart Clegg is a prolific publisher of several hundred articles in leading academic journals in strategy, social science, management and organization theory; is also the author and editor of about fifty books, as well as a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences, a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the recipient of significant awards from the American Academy of Management for his contributions to management theory and practice.

Cynthia Hardy is a Professor in the Faculty of Management, McGill University. Her publications include Strategies for Retrenchment and Turnaround: The Politics of Survival (De Gruyter, 1990) and Managing Organizational Closure (Gower, 1985).

Management professor Walt Nord studies organization theory and behavior and is currently researching the topic in a political/economic context. The author of numerous books, textbooks, and scholarly articles, his newest book will offer a new philosophical framework for organization studies, seeking to overcome current polarizing debates by developing an improved philosophical perspective for organization studies. As an author, Nord received the George Terry Award in 1997 for co-editing the Handbook of Organization Studies, an annual award from the Academy of Management that is bestowed to a book judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the field. The same academy named Nord a Distinguished University Professor in 2002 (USF named him Distinguished University Professor in 2003); these honors recognize significant contributions to the science and practice of management. Nord earned a BA in economics from Williams College, an MS in organizational behavior from Cornell University, and a PhD in social psychology from Washington University. Before joining USF in 1989, he taught at Tulane University, Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University, the University of British Columbia, and Washington University. He is an editor or reviewer for numerous academic journals.

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By Ramsay.McDonald on October 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
useful book for my doctoral studies in industrial psychology. Not boring at all, I actually enjoy reading it.
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