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Brunsson, Nils 1946-

Works: 94 works in 390 publications in 4 languages and 4,567 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Redactor
Classifications: HD31, 658.01
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Nils Brunsson
The irrational organization : irrationality as a basis for organizational action and change by Nils Brunsson( Book )

48 editions published between 1985 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How do organizations achieve coordinated action when it is most difficult to do so? In light of a number of topical cases of organizational change a theory is developed, which can help us both to understand and to influence the organization's propensity for action and change. Key concepts in the theory are organizational ideology, expectations, motivation and commitment. It becomes increasingly clear that forceful action conflicts with rationality in the classical sense; therefore the conclusion and recommendations presented in this book differ very much from those traditionally proposed. An attempt is made to explain why organizations are irrational, and why they should be so." "This book gives a new understanding of organizational action and change and should be of interest to all those concerned with management, at an undergraduate and postgraduate level, as researchers, or as consultants and managers in both the public and private sector."--BOOK JACKET
The organization of hypocrisy : talk, decisions, and actions in organizations by Nils Brunsson( Book )

46 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hypocrisy - the practice of incorporating different organizational structures, processes and ideologies for internal and external use - is an important feature of viable organizations in modern societies. It is an effective way of achieving organizational legitimacy in a world where organizations are exposed to an increasing number of inconsistent and conflicting norms and demands. This book suggests that legitimacy is secured by conflict rather than by unity and by dealing with problems rather than by providing solutions
The reforming organization by Nils Brunsson( Book )

28 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I moderne store organisationer er der ofte en stærk tro på reformer, - at det er muligt at ændre organisatoriske strukturer, processer og ideologier fra oven og ved rationelle valg og design. I denne bog forklares tre fænomener: 1. at reformer finder sted, 2. indholdet af reformer, 3. effekten af reformer. Bogens indhold er baseret på studier af forsøg på administrative reformer i private og offentlige organisationer
A world of standards by Nils Brunsson( Book )

32 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Standards enable a higher degree of global order in the modern world than would exist without them. They facilitate coordination and cooperation even among people and organizations that are far apart. The authors believe that standardization is a much neglected area of social science - an area that has by no means received the attention it deserves in view of its importance to society. This book seeks to redress the balance by providing an in-depth examination of a number of aspects of standardization, how it is formed, and what effects it has on the world in which we live."--Jacket
The consequences of decision-making by Nils Brunsson( Book )

19 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Decision-making is one of the defining characteristics of modern organizations. This book collects together the most important writing on decision-making by Brunsson, one of the leading European organizational theorists. The author provides an introduction to this work, brought together for the first time in this volume. - ;Nils Brunsson is one of the leading European organization theorists who has written and researched decision-making in organizations. He has often questioned the rationality of decision-making, and argued that it is as important to understand other consequences of decision-m
Reform as routine : organizational change and stability in the modern world by Nils Brunsson( Book )

15 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Large contemporary organizations seem to be in an almost continual state of change. Whether in public or private organizations, managers are trying to implement new organizational forms, introduce new procedures or systems, or change the attitudes of employees. Such reforms often yield disappointing results, and so new reforms are deemed necessary. In this book, Nils Brunsson considers why reform takes place. He looks at why reforms occur when they do, why they propagate certain ideas to the exclusion of others, and what their consequences are. He emphasizes the role of social institutions, fashions, and hope. He argues that reform represents not only change but also stability, and that a failure to implement reforms is sometimes a solution rather than a problem for organizations."--Publisher's website
Meta-organizations by Göran Ahrne( Book )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Goran Ahrne and Nils Brunsson combine the fields of organization theory and international relations in a new way. They portray a theory based on insights from organization studies that is also used to explain and understand international organizations. This theory creates new possibilities to analyse meta-organizations such as the EU and the UN and compare them to other meta-organizations such as national trade associations, sport federations and international non-governmental organizations. The authors point out similarities between all these organizations that have never been discovered before, including the conditions for membership, identity formation and decision-making." "The book opens a whole new area for organizational research. It will be essential reading for researchers and postgraduate students interested in organization theory, globalization, politics and organizations, or international organizations."--Jacket
Mechanisms of hope : maintaining the dream of the rational organization by Nils Brunsson( Book )

13 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Western culture is a culture of hope. There is a long tradition of hoping not only for mundane, reasonably realistic events; people tend also to hope for the eventual realisation of grand ideals and lofty principles. This book explains how great hopes can be kept afloat in the face of discouraging experiences - why people often fail to learn from experience, but continue to believe in unrealised and unrealistic ideals." "How does the dream of the perfectly rational organization survive in a world which has little room for it? Nils Brunsson analyses how managers and other organization members can maintain their hope for the rational organization, even though they and others have failed to attain it. He relies on several empirical studies of organizational reforms which were based on this ideal."--Jacket
Organizations by James G March( Book )

11 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book augments the many important Scandinavian contributions to our understanding of the organizational mosaic of society. It focuses on the interaction among organizations, how it is structured and how it is sustained or transformed. In different ways the 14 chapters demonstrate that the many complex forms of cooperation and competition among organizations cannot be captured solely by models such as hierarchies or markets. Likewise, it is shown that organizational change cannot merely be understood as resulting from rational design or environmental dictates
Propensity to change : [an empirical study of decisions on reorientations] by Nils Brunsson( Book )

10 editions published in 1976 in 3 languages and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Makten att reformera( Book )

5 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in Swedish and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beslut och handling : om politikers inflytande på politiken by Nils Brunsson( Book )

6 editions published between 1979 and 1981 in Swedish and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marknadens makt( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in Swedish and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I Marknadens makt beskrivs och analyseras verklighetens marknader (för varor och tjänster) på grundval av empiriska studier. Praxis på olika marknader jämförs med regelsystem och med populära föreställningar om vad marknader är. Boken är ett bidrag till debatten om marknader och marknadslösningar. Den är också avsedd för högskolans utbildning om samhällets grundläggande institutioner i ämnen som ekonomisk historia, företagsekonomi, nationalekonomi, sociologi och statskunskap
Standardisering by Nils Brunsson( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in Swedish and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Företagsekonomi - sanning eller moral ? : om det normativa i företagsekonomisk idéutveckling( Book )

5 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in Swedish and Undetermined and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Politik och administration : utveckling och drivkrafter i en politisk sammansatt organisation by Nils Brunsson( Book )

3 editions published in 1981 in Swedish and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Politik och ekonomi. en kritik av rationalitet som samhaellsfoerestaellning( Book )

4 editions published in 1986 in Swedish and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De Taylor à aujourd'hui l'encyclopédie multimédia des sciences de l'organisation( )

1 edition published in 2010 in French and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lokal mobilisering : om industriers kommunalpolitik och kommuners industripolitik( Book )

3 editions published in 1983 in Swedish and Undetermined and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kommunens særpræg i ledelse og organisation by Nils Brunsson( Book )

3 editions published in 1988 in Danish and Undetermined and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
Brunsson, Nils Gustav Magnus 1946-

Nils Brunsson schwedischer Organisationssoziologe

Nils Brunsson svensk ekonom

Nils Brunsson svensk økonom

Nils Brunsson Swedish academic

Nils Brunsson Zweeds econoom

English (229)

Swedish (38)

Danish (2)

French (1)

The organization of hypocrisy : talk, decisions, and actions in organizationsThe reforming organizationA world of standardsThe consequences of decision-makingReform as routine : organizational change and stability in the modern worldMeta-organizationsMechanisms of hope : maintaining the dream of the rational organizationOrganizations