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Compiled by three of the most influential authors in the field, CLASSICS OF ORGANIZATION THEORY is a collection of the most enduring works in organization theory. The text helps students grasp important themes, perspectives and theories by describing what organization theory is, how it has developed, and how its development has coincided with events and changes in other fields. This text is not simply a retelling of the history of organization theory; its evolution is told through the words of the distinguished theorists themselves. The readings in this edition have been thoroughly reviewed and updated.


Grasp the important themes, perspectives, and theories of the field with CLASSICS OF ORGANIZATION THEORY. This collection of the most enduring works in organization theory, written by distinguished theorists, describes what organization theory is, how it has developed, and how its development has coincided with events and changes in other fields.

About the Author

Jay M. Shafritz is Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. He is the author, co-author, or editor of over forty textbooks and reference books on business and public administration. He holds a doctorate from Temple University and an MPA from the Baruch College of the City University of New York. J. Steven Ott is a professor and dean emeritus at the University of Utah. He has written numerous books on organization theory, organizational behavior, nonprofit organizations, and organizational culture. His recent journal articles have appeared in the International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, Public Organization Review, Public Performance and Management Review, Public Administration Review, and Public Integrity. He teaches organizational behavior, organizational leadership and change, the nonprofit sector in society, nonprofit organization management, and organization theory. Ott worked as a management consultant to organizations in the nonprofit and public sectors for 26 years before joining the faculties at the universities of Maine and Utah. His Ph.D. is from the University of Colorado, his M.S. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his B.A. form Pennsylvania State University. Yong Suk Jang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Utah. His principal research interests include organizations, comparative political and economic sociology, globalization, and quantitative methods. Professor Jang has also won numerous honors and awards which include; MacArthur Consortium Dissertation Fellowship at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford (2000-2001), MacArthur Consortium Affiliate, Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford (1999-2000), Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies Pre-Graduate and Graduate Fellowship (1992-1998), The Highest Honor Prize of the President of Yonsei University (1988-1990), and Yonsei University Undergraduate Scholarship (1987-1989). He also is currently co-directing a project exploring the evolution of business incubation in Korea.

Table of Contents

1. CLASSICAL ORGANIZATION THEORY. Socrates Discovers Generic Management, Xenophon (1869). Of the Division of Labour, Adam Smith (1776). Superintendent's Report, Daniel C. McCallum (1856). The Engineer as Economist, Henry R. Towne (1886). General Principles of Management, Henri Fayol (1916). The Principles of Scientific Management, Frederick Winslow Taylor (1916). Bureaucracy, Max Weber (1922). Notes on the Theory of Organization, Luther Gulick (1937). 2. NEOCLASSICAL ORGANIZATION THEORY. The Economy of Incentives, Chester I. Barnard (1938). Bureaucratic Structure and Personality, Robert K. Merton (1957). The Proverbs of Administration, Herbert A. Simon (1946). Foundations of the Theory of Organization, Philip Selznick (1948). A Behavioral Theory of Organizational Objectives, Richard M. Cyert and James G. March (1959). 3. HUMAN RESOURCE THEORY, OR THE ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR PERSPECTIVE. The Giving of Orders, Mary Parker Follett (1926). The Hawthorne Experiments, Fritz J. Roethlisberger (1941). A Theory of Human Motivation, Abraham H. Maslow (1943). The Human Side of Enterprise, Douglas Murray McGregor (1957). Groupthink: The Desperate Drive for Consensus at Any Cost, Irving L. Janis (1971). 4. "MODERN" STRUCTURAL ORGANIZATION THEORY. Mechanistic and Organic Systems, Tom Burns and G. M. Stalker (1961). The Concept of Formal Organization, Peter M. Blau and W. Richard Scott (1962). Organizational Choice: Product versus Function, Arthur H. Walker and Jay W. Lorsch (1968). The Five Basic Parts of the Organization, Henry Mintzberg (1979). Technology as a Contingency Factor, Richard M. Burton and Børge Obel (1998). 5. ORGANIZATIONAL ECONOMICS THEORY. Theory of the Firm: Managerial Behavior, Agency Costs and Ownership Structure, Michael C. Jensen and William H. Meckling (1976). The Economics of Organization: The Transaction Cost Approach, Oliver E. Williamson (1981). Learning from Organizational Economics, Jay B. Barney and William G. Ouchi (1986). Managing Business Transactions, Paul H. Rubin (1990). 6. POWER AND POLITICS ORGANIZATION THEORY. Understanding the Role of Power in Decision Making, Jeffrey Pfeffer (1981). Democracy and the Iron Law of Oligarchy, Robert Michels (1915/1962). The Bases of Social Power, John R. P. French Jr. and Bertram Raven (1959). The Power of Power, James G. March (1966). The Power Game and the Players, Henry Mintzberg (1983). Power Failure in Management Circuits, Rosabeth Moss Kanter (1979). 7. THEORIES OF ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE AND CHANGE. The Concept of Organizational Culture: Why Bother?, Edgar H. Schein (2004). The Z Organization, William G. Ouchi (1981). Changing Organizational Cultures, Harrison M. Trice and Janice M. Beyer (1993), Organizational Culture: Pieces of the Puzzle, Joanne Martin (2002). Appreciative Inquiry, David L. Cooperrider and Diana Whitney (2003). 8. THEORIES OF ORGANIZATIONS AND ENVIRONMENTS. Organizations and the System Concept, Daniel Katz and Robert L. Kahn (1966). Organizations in Action, James D. Thompson (1967). Institutionalized Organizations: Formal Structure as Myth and Ceremony, John W. Meyer and Brian Rowan (1977). External Control of Organizations: A Resource Dependence Perspective, Jeffrey Pfeffer and Gerald R. Salancik (1978). Demography of Corporations and Industries, Glenn R. Carroll and Michael T. Hannan (2000). 9. THEORIES OF ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIETY. Gendering Organizational Theory 450, Joan Acker (1992). Creating the Multicultural Organization: The Challenge of Managing Diversity 469, Taylor Cox Jr. (2001). Corporate Citizenship: Social Responsibility, Responsiveness, and Performance, Archie B. Carroll and Ann K. Buchholtz (1989). Corporate Social Responsibility: A Theory of the Firm Perspective, Abagail McWilliams and Donald Siegel (2001). Social Entrepreneurship, Johanna Mair, Jeffrey Robinson and Kai Hockerts (2006). Social Enterprise: Beyond Economic Outcomes and Individual Returns, Helen Haugh (2006).

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Wadsworth Publishing Company
Shafritz, Jay M.
Shafritz, Jay M.(Jay Shafritz)
Ott, J. Steven
Jang, Yong Suk
Organizational Behavior
General Political Science
Business Writing
Teaching Methods & Materials - General
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"Synopsis" by , Grasp the important themes, perspectives, and theories of the field with CLASSICS OF ORGANIZATION THEORY. This collection of the most enduring works in organization theory, written by distinguished theorists, describes what organization theory is, how it has developed, and how its development has coincided with events and changes in other fields.
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