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Organizing America: Wealth, Power, and the Origins of Corporate Capitalism [Paperback]

Charles Perrow
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Winner of the 2003 Max Weber Award

"Organizing America is a provocative and passionate account of the nineteenth century origins of modern American corporate governance and its far-reaching effects. It is highly appropriate for our times."--Michael H. Best, The Journal of Economic History

"An ambitious and important book that is sure to provoke controversy. . . . Organizing America takes on fundamental issues in a way that is provocative, compelling, and all too rare . . . and provides a wealth of insights. . . . [T]his is an important book that will stimulate research and debate for decades to come."--Robert Freeland, Administrative Science Quarterly

"Perrow's book . . . is clearly and cogently expressed, and his refutations of alternative theories are often strong and convincing. This is a useful and stimulating book. . . . The passionate intensity of the author and the lack of obfuscation in his arguments are refreshing."--Gerald Zahavi, American Historical Review

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Winner of 2003 Max Weber Award

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"Organizing America is a magisterial work: a compelling analysis showing why those who study states and economies should take organizations seriously and those studying organizations should ponder how organizations have concentrated wealth and power. Perrow takes the study of organizations back to Weber's original vision, problematizing the question of why and how Western society has been transformed from community and individual to hierarchy and bureaucracy."--William G. Roy, University of California, Los Angeles

"This book represents a long-awaited, sweeping statement by one of the leading organizational theorists of our time. Given the power, force, and even audacity of the author's arguments, it is certain to be much discussed and hotly debated."--Mark S. Mizruchi, University of Michigan

"Charles Perrow sets his sights on those who contend that American firms became behemoths because big firms are more efficient than small ones. Organizing America offers a compelling alternative account, in which managers and owners created huge corporations in the process of striving for power rather than efficiency."--Frank Dobbin, Princeton University

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"Organizing America is a magisterial work: a compelling analysis showing why those who study states and economies should take organizations seriously and those studying organizations should ponder how organizations have concentrated wealth and power. Perrow takes the study of organizations back to Weber's original vision, problematizing the question of why and how Western society has been transformed from community and individual to hierarchy and bureaucracy."--William G. Roy, University of California, Los Angeles

"This book represents a long-awaited, sweeping statement by one of the leading organizational theorists of our time. Given the power, force, and even audacity of the author's arguments, it is certain to be much discussed and hotly debated."--Mark S. Mizruchi, University of Michigan

"Charles Perrow sets his sights on those who contend that American firms became behemoths because big firms are more efficient than small ones. Organizing America offers a compelling alternative account, in which managers and owners created huge corporations in the process of striving for power rather than efficiency."--Frank Dobbin, Princeton University

About the Author

Charles Perrow is Research Scholar and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Yale University. Two of his six books are prizewinners: "Normal Accidents" (Princeton) and "The AIDS Disaster. Complex Organizations" (McGraw Hill) is in its third edition. He has written seventy articles and book chapters. Perrow has been a visiting professor at the London Graduate School of Business Studies, a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Study.
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