Synopses & Reviews
Discover to the most progressive thinking about organizations today as acclaimed author Richard Daft balances recent, innovative ideas with proven classic theories and effective business practices. Daft's best-selling ORGANIZATION THEORY AND DESIGN, 10E presents a captivating, compelling snapshot of contemporary organizations and the concepts driving their success that will immediately engage any reader. Recognized as one of the most systematic, well organized texts in the market, ORGANIZATION THEORY AND DESIGN helps both future and current managers thoroughly prepare for the challenges of today's business world. This thorough revision showcases some of today's most current examples and research alongside time-tested principles. Readers see how many of today's well-known organizations thrive amidst a rapidly changing, highly competitive, international environment. Proven and new learning features provide opportunities for readers to apply concepts and refine personal business skills and insights.
"I have used this book since it was first published, with both undergrads and MBAs. It seems to be written at a level that is effective for both groups. I chose it because I know Dick and respect his research. I have kept using it because it is not too low level (as many texts are) and it also reflects accurately what is known in this field based on research, rather than what practitioners 'think' is good practice. Of necessity he summarizes some of the research findings rather briefly but usually the models and recommendations are based on empirical findings. I like that Daft also takes an applied focus and provides many examples."
"I very much like the explicit presentation of [the Managing by Design] questions as a launching point to in-class discussion. It would give the students something concrete to start with in terms of preparing for the session's discussion."
Discover some of the most progressive thinking about organizations today as acclaimed business author Richard Daft blends contemporary, innovative organizational ideas with proven classic theories and effective business practices. The result is a best-selling book--ORGANIZATION THEORY AND DESIGN--that's as enjoyable and engaging as it is useful and informative. You'll see, firsthand, how well-known organizations cope and even thrive within today's rapidly changing, highly competitive, international environment. Featured organizations include BP, Disney/Pixar, Volvo, Barnes and Noble, and Cisco Systems. Fascinating detailed examples, contemporary case studies and proven learning features bring organization concepts to life while helping you develop the skills and insights that will leave you well equipped to meet the challenges of today's business world.
About the Author
Richard L. Daft, Ph.D., is the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Professor of Management in the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, where he specializes in the study of leadership and organization theory. Dr. Daft is a fellow of the Academy of Management and has served on the editorial boards of Academy Of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Journal of Management Education. He was associate editor-in-chief of Organization Science and associate editor of Administrative Science Quarterly. Dr. Daft has authored or co-authored 13 books, including ORGANIZATION THEORY AND DESIGN and MANAGEMENT. He also has authored dozens of scholarly articles, papers, and chapters and has published in the ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCE QUARTERLY, ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT REVIEW, STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT, ACCOUNTING ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIETY, MANAGEMENT SCIENCE, MIS QUARTERLY, and ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR TEACHING REVIEW. Dr. Daft has received several government research grants in organization design, organizational innovation and change, strategy implementation, and organizational information processing. An active teacher and respected consultant, Dr. Daft has served as associate dean and helped manage a start-up enterprise. He has been involved in management development and consulting for numerous organizations, including the American Banking Association, AutoZone, Nortel, Bridgestone, TVA, Pratt and Whitney, Allstate Insurance, State Farm Insurance, the United States Air Force, the U.S. Army, J. C. Bradford and Co., Central Parking System, USAA, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and many others.
Table of Contents
PART 1: INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIZATIONS. 1. Organizations and Organization Theory. PART 2: ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSE AND STRUCTURAL DESIGN. 2. Strategy, Organization Design, and Effectiveness. 3. Fundamentals of Organization Structure. PART 3: OPEN SYSTEM DESIGN ELEMENTS. 4. The External Environment. 5. Interorganizational Relationships. 6. Designing Organizations for the International Environment. PART 4: INTERNAL DESIGN ELEMENTS. 7. Manufacturing and Service Technologies. 8. Using Information Technology for Control and Coordination. 9. Organization Size, Life Cycle, and Decline. PART 5: MANAGING DYNAMIC PROCESSES. 10. Organizational Culture and Ethical Values. 11. Innovation and Change. 12. Decision-Making Processes. 13. Conflict, Power, and Politics. INTEGRATIVE CASES. 1.0 Developing Global Teams to Meet 21st Century Challenges at W. L. Gore and Associates. 2.0 It Isn't So Simple: Infrastructure Change at Royce Consulting. 3.0 IKEA: Scandinavian Style. 4.0 Custom Chip, Inc. 5.0 First Union: An Office Without Walls. 6.0 Lean Initiatives and Growth at Orlando Metering Company. 7.0 The Plaza Inn. 8.0 Costco: Join the Club. 9.0 The Donor Services Department. 10.0 Cisco Systems: Evolution of Structure. 11.0 Hartland Memorial Hospital (A): An Inbox Exercise. 12.0 Perdue Farms. Glossary. Name Index.