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Organizations: Rational, Natural, and Open Systems (5th Edition) [Paperback]

W. Richard Scott
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July 9, 2002 013016559X 978-0130165596 5

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.



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The field of organizations is characterized by a diversity of models and theories. This text successfully demonstrates how the many theories can be reduced to a few, manageable perspectives. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

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  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 5 edition (July 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013016559X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130165596
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Work February 23, 2006
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This is an excellent book. The author does a fantastic job of explaining organizational theory from a conceptual perspective. The book does not spend a lot of time discussing research methodology. The book does a great job of presenting information in a form that a manager can use in evaluating various approaches to organizational behavior issues. This volume will certainly remain an important part of my toolkit!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative Read March 1, 2006
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This book was ideal for the doctoral class I just completed. The book thoroughly explained the salient points and provided useful information for further doctoral work. Although the book was scholarly, it was an easy and pleasant read. I recommend this book for anyone who wants a keener understanding of the organization as a system
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2.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a PhD dissertation April 13, 2014
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This book was recommended by a professor in a MOOC I signed up for. The book is highly theoretical, reading like a PhD dissertation, and is not for the casual reader of organization theory. I'll add this book to my collection, but would recommend Gareth Morgan's "Images of Organizations" if you can find it. In addition to the theoretical content, the print is small and difficult to read. If you're a PhD student, this should probably be on your bookshelf but, for the rest of us practitioners, leave it on the bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent June 4, 2013
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This text is a great read if you are interested in organizational models and/or organizational development. I highly recommend this as part of any leader or scholar's library resources!
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