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Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Organization Studies

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08 Apr 1993
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
368 pages - 156 x 234 x 22mm
For the first time, prominent scholars of the major disciplines in organization studies come together to search for common ground. Economists, sociologists and psychologists put aside their disciplinary, their language and paradigm barriers, in seeking to address common problems and find universal solutions. Recent advances in population ecology, transaction cost economics, control theory, leadership studies and decision-making are among the topics covered as well as new syntheses on old confrontations between issues of power and efficiency and of rationality and norms. These papers, stemming from the International Symposium on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Organization Studies (Wassenaar, Netherlands, May 1990) reflect the interdisciplinary rapprochement that has gathered momentum over the last ten years, and will surely point to important new directions in organization studies for the future. Organizational researchers, PhD students and students of advanced courses in organizational studies, as well as researchers in the fields of sociology, psychology and economics will find this an important reference and study volume.
Part I: Integrative Paradigms. Comparative economic organization: the analysis of discrete structural alternatives, O. E. Williamson. Coase, hayek, and hierarchy, H. Schreuder. Notes on the use of power and efficiency constructs in economics and sociology of organizations, A. Grandori. Properties of rational organizations. J. S. Coleman. Part II: Decision-Making, Leadership, and Innovation. Dimensions and types of strategic decision making: an empirical check of a typology, J. Pool & P. L. Koopman. The role of dialogue in organizational change programs, B. Hofmaier. Organizational innovation as a social construction: managing meaning in multiple realities, R. Bouwen. Part III: Organizations and Environments. From organizations to concrete systems of action, E. Friedberg. Organizational ecology approaches to institutions, W. P. Barnett & G. R. Carroll. Organization studies and the ideology of technological determinism, J. Berting. Club hierarchy, social metering, and context instruction: governance structures in response to varying self-command capital, S.M. Lindenberg. Part IV: Interorganizational Perspectives. Markets, networks and control, H. C. White. Market integration, R. S. Burt. Market structure, ownership, and cooptation: accounting for interlocking directorships, R. Ziegler. Interorganizational democracy, C. J. Lammers. Index.

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