Publisher: PCP, 1994, 256 pages
Organizations are always more confusing in practice than in theory. They are much messier, more complex and more unpredictable than we hope. They reflect the people who work in and through them. But would a rational, unitary and goal-seeking organization, even if it existed, have the flexibility and creativity to respond to its bewildering environment? How can we understand organizations and the events that happen in them?
This book highlights some of the issues and tensions that arise in real organizations. The selected readings cover large and small organizations, and deal with concepts ranging from interpersonal to multi-organizational levels of analysis. Issues are generalizations of particular problem areas that Concepts will allow students to identify in their own experience. Cases illustrate particular issues and applications of the concepts.
This book is designed for use in introductory courses on management and organizations and is suitable for students who are not specializing in management.
This is how a study guide about organisational theory should be written.