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Tracks and Frames Vol: 1

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29 Nov 2001
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
232 pages - 165 x 240 x 14mm
Advanced Series in Management
This volume unifies central parts of organization and management theory that have thus far been fragmented and unconnected. It integrates prior research on organizational types and transitions, and also spawns a number of incipient theories about organizational transformations. The book develops the framework of a "symbolic economy" in which organizations are viewed as fundamentally concerned with symbol-processing devices. A key notion is "planning cultures" - global mental representations of an organization, or collective frames of mind expressing different levels of strategic capacity. Organizational transitions are seen as movements on a buckled or warped field between seven different planning cultures, motivated by the need to economize on "social energy". This field is shaped by various transforming factors, most notably uncertainty and pressure.
Part 1 Preliminaries: the conceptual framework; prefatory on the typology; basic concepts; notes; the elemental theory; frames, symbolic flows, uncertainty, and pressure; presentation of the model; the model dynamized; further implications; contingency and beyond; causal dependence between the transforming factors; notes. Part 2 The typology: a typology of 7 planning cultures; the 7-matrix; incarnation of the types; the pertinence of the culture concept; ordering the types; pure types - and others; a matrix of types; notes; the seven types in literature - generative, collegium, technocracy, routine, stagnant, organized anarchy, anomie, integrating prior typologies; notes. Part 3 A field of planning cultures: the extended theory - tracks; the model; organizational slack; postulates; tracks; cyclical tracks; open cycles; closed cycles; new tracks; 12 new tracks; the order of changes; notes; other dimensions; size - a fourth dimension; the butterfly; age - the fifth dimension; tracks across the field in the butterfly; the sudden erosion of routing in ancient empires; routine, charisma, and the butterfly; sequences; cycles; escaping from the bureaucracy pit; beyond five dimensions; notes; conclusion and discussion; planning culture theory - a recapitulation; the diversity of cultures; the threat-rigidity thesis - a potential falsifier?; the potential function; power.

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