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For positivist organization theory : proving the hard core

Author: Lex Donaldson
Publisher: London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, 1996.
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Organization theory is presently dominated by theories of strategic choice and politics. Managers are seen as exercising a wide choice and maximizing their personal self-interest through complex power struggles. This stimulating volume challenges these views, arguing instead that managerial decisions are determined by the situation and serve the interests of the whole organization. Showing that organizations follow  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Donaldson, Lex.
For positivist organization theory.
London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, 1996
(DLC) 96069549
(OCoLC)36542978
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lex Donaldson
ISBN: 9781849208178 1849208174 9781446280331 1446280330
OCLC Number: 655023811
Description: 1 online resource (x, 189 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Cover; Contents; List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; 1 --
Positivist Organization Theory; 2 --
For Determinism: Against Strategic Choice; 3 --
For Determinism: Subjective Factors in Strategic Choice; 4 --
For Functionalism: Against Politics and 'Parkinson's Law'; 5 --
For Functionalism: The Validity of Blau's Theory; 6 --
For Cartesianism: Against Organization Types and Quantum Jumps; 7 --
For Generalization in Positivist Organization Theory; 8 --
For Generalization of Organizational Size; 9 --
Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Lex Donaldson.
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Organization theory is presently dominated by theories of strategic choice and politics. Managers are seen as exercising a wide choice and maximizing their personal self-interest through complex power struggles. This stimulating volume challenges these views, arguing instead that managerial decisions are determined by the situation and serve the interests of the whole organization. Showing that organizations follow laws which generalize across organizations of many different kinds in many different national cultures, the book rejects the model of organizational configurations or types. The aut.

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