Organizations and Organizing: Rational, Natural and Open Systems Perspectives 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0131958937
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This broad, balanced introduction to organizational studies enables the reader to compare and contrast different approaches to the study of organizations. This book is a valuable tool for the reader, as we are all intertwined with organizations in one form or another. Numerous other disciplines besides sociology are addressed in this book, including economics, political science, strategy and management theory.Topic areas discussed in this book are the importance of organizations; defining organizations; organizations as rational, natural, and open systems; environments, strategies, and structures of organizations; and organizations and society.For those employed in fields where knowledge of organizational theory is necessary, including sociology, anthropology, cognitive psychology, industrial engineering, managers in corporations and international business, and business strategists.

About the Author

W. Richard Scott is a professor at Stanford University and is the author of numerous books, including the best-selling Organizations: Rational, Natural and Open Systems, which this new book replaces.

Gerald F. Davis is a professor of Management and Organizations in the University of Michigan Business School.  He brings extensive knowledge of strategy, social networks and social movements to this new book.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 20, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131958933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131958937
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca L. Henn on January 6, 2008
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I can't imagine a better introduction to students of Organizations. The writing is clear, and assumes no background knowledge (I had none). Yet it is a deeply informative and thought-provoking book. A friend of mine in the M&O PhD program at Michigan (Davis' home department) says that you could pass preliminary exams if you memorized (*really* memorized) everything in the book. Unlike most textbooks, Scott and Davis actually locate the "perspectives" in current conversations.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nina on October 18, 2011
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I really appreciate that book. That got me excited about teaching my Organization Theory class. What I like the most about it is that it does give a very good overview of where we stand in terms of the organizational form as such. It also provides some interesting food for thought in terms of the implied goals and actually carried-out functions of organizations that kept me (and still keep me) ruminating about some of the material and how it affects our daily lives. Additionally, because of the prominence of organizations in our society, the book can be informative in many different ways (including understanding better our economy and some of the conflicts we experience on a daily basis). I wonder about the interpretation of the current social and economical landscape that the authors could offer. There is a good summary discussion at the end with thoughts about current and future organizational (societal) issues. The style of the book, however, is not a bestseller popular style; it is definitely more academic than popular press.
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Become a (sorta)instant (sorta)expert on organizations! In one book!

I came to this text with very little organizational theory background but this text really shored up that front of things. It's written concisely, if you have trained yourself to gloss over citations, of which there are many, but this is a graduate level text so you better get used to citations. The text nicely borrows across the theoretical disciplines contributing to organizational theory: management, industrial psychology, sociology, etc. It's a textbook but it's almost like reading the primary texts because it directly refers to and compares different theories and empirical studies.

Oh, and I took the course with Davis himself, really fun guy, his humor does show through in some portions of text.
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Depends on what your aim is: unless you're a super expert in this topic, this is a superb overview of orgniazational theories for any level of mangers or students.
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It's a text book... These guys love to cite other works and sometimes spend paragraph upon paragraph doing it. If you don't have to read it, take a pass.
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By Douglas R. Bulla on April 21, 2015
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So very boring, but required reading.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. R Greeley on May 18, 2014
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Easy to read and real must to have in order to quote from and ensure you get your ideas across using the foundations that have been set. We are living in world that is turning on a dime. I was the one of the first National Guard Aviators that had a Cell phone, and took it to the field. When the communications when down, and the Division commander needed to talk to the CORPS commander, the CS came to me and said Jay need your help. and our German officer who had just arrived and was put in the field needed to check on his wife back home we linked him up right there in Area 75. North Ft Hood. We have come along way since 1990. Our kids look at rotary phone and ask where are the buttons? This book takes you through the progression of what you need to know and where it can be used.
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