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ISBN-13: 978-0199260218 ISBN-10: 0199260214 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 2 edition (March 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199260214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199260218
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Review from previous edition I like the different perspectives presented rather than simply the modern which seems to be typical of most popular texts in this area.' J. G. Whinney, Senior Lecturer, University of Ulster

`A comprehensive introduction to the study of organizations, with an appraisal of the different perspectives that have contributed to the knowledge of organizations. The volume is developed in three parts. Part 1 introduces the multi-perspective approach. Part 2 explores the ways in which organizations are analysed, notably as entities within an environment, as subjects of strategic action, as technologies, as structures, as cultures and as physical structures. Part 3 covers topics of central importance in organization theory including decision making, power, conflict, control, and change within organizations.' International review of Administrative Sciences (IRAS) Number 1. 1999.

`It is not often that you can read a work on organization theory that you feel that you can recommend to students and to practising managers. Mary Jo Hatch's book provides a good read for both groups. It presents a range of theories in a useful, attractive and accessible format that will not only enable aspiring managers to come to grips with what is going on around them, but will also enable more experienced practitioners to understand and influence what occurs in their organizations.' Professor Iain Mangham, School of Management, Bath

`Organization Theory is both a historical testimony and a peek into the future, and it will be the main guide to organization studies well into the 2000s.'' Barbara Czarniawska-Joerges, Gothenburg University, Sweden

`Few books so successfully communicate the spirit and possibility of enquiry ... Here students will learn, and learn to use for themselves, modernist, symbolic, and postmodern perspectives ... If you want a current text that is broad, coherent, and reader-friendly, then look no further!' Stewart Clegg, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

`A useful summary of the historical perspective.' Long Range Planning

About the Author


Mary Jo Hatch is the C. Coleman McGehee Eminent Scholars Research Professor of Banking and Commerce at the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia and Adjunct Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
Ann Cunliffe is Associate Professor in the Anderson Schools of Management at the University of New Mexico.

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This book is very readable.
Newsie
I read it as part of a doctoral program as it was paired with another one that was written in a more scholarly tone.
Darth Mortis
That comes as somewhat of a relief and a disappointment at the same time.
Jeremy Haggard

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darth Mortis VINE VOICE on December 30, 2011
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Organizational Theoretical Perspectives is not lite reading by any stretch of the imagination. Your average practitioner does not deal with modernism, postmodernism, and symbolic interpretivism in their purest forms. In academia, however, it serves as important background. This particular book is written in such a way that gives a good explanation and overview of the three main theoretical perspectives and the theories and models that have been made famous under each. It's not exciting reading, it's academic. Fortunately, it is not written in an overly scholarly tone making it good for advanced courses in a bachelor's program or courses in a master's program. I read it as part of a doctoral program as it was paired with another one that was written in a more scholarly tone. The pair-up was good because the former helped clarify the latter.

Realistically, unless you are pursuing a degree in organization or are a faculty member, you probably won't have much interest in this. It's a textbook.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Freewheel on January 24, 2011
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If you like big ideas and you are studying business on the graduate level, you should be happy your instructor assigned this book. Mary Jo Hatch book makes terrific sense out of the difficult discipline of Org Theory. Org Theory is all about the lenses through which you view the world. By nature it's dense, abstract, confusing, contradictory, and hard to tie to real life in organizations. And yet, it is the basis of every business book on the bestseller list. The Next Big Thing in business is just a new way of looking at old problems - and that's the heart of Org Theory. Dive in and have fun.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Newsie on September 9, 2007
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This book is very readable. Some of the books and papers on organizational theory are so dense that they are practically unreadable. This one effectively conveys the information the author wants you to understand. This is not a pointless book. I can't say that about most of the others I've had to read on organizational theory.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Haggard on January 2, 2009
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The other posted reviews make me think that Organization Theory itself is dense, and not just the book itself. That comes as somewhat of a relief and a disappointment at the same time.

This book was required reading as a part of my Public Administration program, and from an informal sampling of class opinion, nearly everyone soundly rejected the text as difficult to understand, jargonistic, and stuffy.

Hatch spends so much time covering all perspectives of Organization Theory that she fails to define many terms she puts forth that readers new to these concepts might not necessarily understand. Additionally, the lack of real-life examples of how Organization Theory applies to daily life (or even the real world at all) makes reading her work a difficult proposition at best.

Organization Theory professors, if you're reading this and thinking about making this required reading, I hope you place a huge amount of faith in your teaching ability because without it, this book will not be able to impart a large part of Organization Theory knowledge on its own.
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By Bianca Campos on July 7, 2014
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Great book!
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By PhD Leaner on January 8, 2014
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The book is full of good information. I recommend purchasing if there is an urge to gaining a deeper understanding. Was very helpful for me.
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By Caramel4u on December 16, 2012
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The book was good once each chapter was explained by my instructor. Without her help I found myself reading the same chapter a few times before I was able to understand some of it.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Nobles on July 20, 2007
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This book is required reading for a graduate OD course I completed this summer. Using the organizational theory perspectives of modernist, symbolic and post modernist, the author carefully guides and builds on theories that support these perspectives. In the end, it give professional change experts a foundation for recommendations. I will continue to use this book as a reference for my internal and external OD/OT work.
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