Self Reinforcing Processes in and among Organizations

Author: J. Sydow
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9780230392830
Release Date: 2013-01-11
Genre: Business & Economics

Management and organization research has rediscovered individual agency, innovation and entrepreneurship. As such, there is a risk of overlooking the power of self-reinforcing processes in and among organizations. This volume redirects attention to these processes, including: escalating commitment, organizational imprinting and path dependence.

The Oxford Handbook of Gender in Organizations

Author: Savita Kumra
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191632754
Release Date: 2014-03-13
Genre: Business & Economics

The issue of gender in organizations has attracted much attention and debate over a number of years. The focus of examination is inequality of opportunity between the genders and the impact this has on organizations, individual men and women, and society as a whole. It is undoubtedly the case that progress has been made with women participating in organizational life in greater numbers and at more senior levels than has been historically the case, challenging notions that senior and/or influential organizational and political roles remain a masculine domain. The Oxford Handbook of Gender in Organizations is a comprehensive analysis of thinking and research on gender in organizations with original contributions from key international scholars in the field. The Handbook comprises four sections. The first looks at the theoretical roots and potential for theoretical development in respect of the topic of gender in organizations. The second section focuses on leadership and management and the gender issues arising in this field; contributors review the extensive literature and reflect on progress made as well as commenting on hurdles yet to be overcome. The third section considers the gendered nature of careers. Here the focus is on querying traditional approaches to career, surfacing embedded assumptions within traditional approaches, and assessing potential for alternative patterns to evolve, taking into account the nature of women's lives and the changing nature of organizations. In its final section the Handbook examines masculinity in organizations to assess the diversity of masculinities evident within organizations and the challenges posed to those outside the norm. In bringing together a broad range of research and thinking on gender in organizations across a number of disciplines, sub-disciplines, and conceptual perspectives, the Handbook provides a comprehensive view of both contemporary thinking and future research directions.

Strategische Netzwerke

Author: Jörg Sydow
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3409139478
Release Date: 1992-07-01
Genre: Business & Economics

Moderne Managementkonzepte konzentrieren sich nicht nur auf interne Starken von Unternehmen, sondern schliessen die Gestaltung zwischenbetrieblicher Beziehungen als entscheidenden Erfolgsfaktor ein. Immer mehr Unternehmen organisieren sich daher in strategischen Netzwerken. Jorg Sydow untersucht die Evolution strategischer Netzwerke und prasentiert Beispiele fur diese neue Organisationsform. Insbesondere der Transaktionskostenansatz wird hierzu kritisch analysiert. Der Autor entwickelt die Konzeption eines kollektiven strategischen Managements und diskutiert daraus resultierende Rollenanforderungen. Dieses inzwischen zum Standardwerk der Management-Literatur gewordene Buch liegt nun bereits im 3. Nachdruck vor. Verzeichnis: Jorg Sydow untersucht die Evolution strategischer Netzwerke und prasentiert Beispiele fur diese Organisationsform. Der Autor entwickelt die Konzeption eines kollektiven strategischen Managements und diskutiert daraus resultierende Rollenanforderungen

Turning Around Failing Schools

Author: Joseph Murphy
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 9781452294131
Release Date: 2007-11-01
Genre: Education

Provides an in-depth examination of the causes and symptoms of degeneration and a two-part model for preventing educational collapse and crafting an effective turnaround.

Finance The Discreet Regulator

Author: I. Huault
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137033604
Release Date: 2012-09-14
Genre: Business & Economics

The financial sector is the talk of the global village. This book highlights that, before asserting that the institutions of the financial sector deserve to be regulated, one should consider that these very institutions are themselves the discreet regulators of the markets where their activity takes place.

The Convergence of Corporate Governance

Author: Abdul Rasheed
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137029560
Release Date: 2012-06-12
Genre: Business & Economics

Takes readers through an in-depth examination of many leading industrialized nations and identifies both the drivers that propel corporations towards convergence and the major impediments that stand in the way of convergence. Also examines many mechanisms of convergence such as governance codes, MNCs, and IPOs.

Formal Organizations

Author: Peter Michael Blau
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804748902
Release Date: 1962-01-01
Genre: Business & Economics

Upon its publication in 1962, this book became one of the founding texts of organizational sociology. Bringing together diverse approaches, it presented a new focus of interest: the formal organization. This reissue, which includes a new introduction by Scott, makes this seminal work accessible to a new generation of scholars and practitioners.

The Oxford Handbook of Process Philosophy and Organization Studies

Author: Jenny Helin
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191648106
Release Date: 2014-05-15
Genre: Business & Economics

Process approaches to organization studies focus on flow, activities, and evolution, understanding organizations and organizing as processes in the making. They stand in contrast to positivist approaches that see organizations and phenomena as fixed, static, and measurable. Process approaches draw on a range of ideas and philosophies. The Handbook examines 34 philosophers and social theorists, both those commonly linked to process thinking, such as Whitehead, Bergson and James, and those that are not as often addressed from a process perspective such as Dilthey and Tarde. Each chapter addresses the background and context of this thinker, their work (with a focus on the processual elements), and the potential contribution to organization and management research. For students and scholars in the field of Organization Studies this book is an entry point into the work of philosophical thinkers and social theorists for whom the world is far from being a solid place.

Sociology of Organizations

Author: Mary Godwyn
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
ISBN: 9781412991957
Release Date: 2011-06-28
Genre: Social Science

Sociology of Organizations: Structures and Relationships is a timely and unique collection of both classic and contemporary studies of organizations. Designed around competing theoretical frameworks, this cutting-edge book examines organizations with attention to structure and objectives, interactions among members and among organizations, the relationship between the organization and its environment and the social significance or social meaning of the organization. This volume sheds light on some of the most interesting changes and challenges facing organizations today: the integration of new media, the implementation of diversity and inclusion, and the promotion of sustainable workforce engagement. Lively and provocative, this textbook is theoretically rigorous, disciplinarily informed and representative of heterogeneity within organization studies.

Key Concepts in Organization Theory

Author: John T Luhman
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781847875525
Release Date: 2012-11-02
Genre: Business & Economics

From agency theory to power and politics, this indispensable guide to the key concepts of organization theory is your compass as you navigate through the often complex and abstract theories about the design and functioning of organizations. Designed to complement and elucidate your textbook or reading list, as well as introduce you to concepts that some courses neglect, this historical and interdisciplinary A-Z account of the field: Helps you understand the basics of organization theory Allows you to check your understanding of specific concepts Fills in any gaps left by your course reading, and Is a powerful revision tool

Working the Past

Author: Charlotte Linde
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199881598
Release Date: 2008-12-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Stories told within institutions play a powerful role, helping to define not only the institution itself, but also its individual members. How do institutions use stories? How do those stories both preserve the past and shape the future? To what extent does narrative construct both collective and individual identity? Charlotte Linde's unique and far-reaching study addresses these questions by looking at the interplay of narratives, memory, and identity in a large insurance company. Her detailed ethnography looks at the role of stories within the institution and how they are employed by its members in both private and group settings. Analyzing the re-telling of certain key stories, she shows how the formation of "core" stories and their multiple re-tellings and modifications provide a means of formulating and promoting a cohesive group identity -- which in turn shapes the stories and identities of the individuals within the collective. Linde also looks at silences, and how stories not told also convey their version of the past. Working the Past shows how stories that might otherwise be seen as part of mundane daily life are in fact utterly essential to the formation and maintenance of individual and group identity. Her original research will appeal to those interested in narrative studies, linguistics, anthropology, sociology, and institutional memory.

Handbook of Organizational Culture and Climate

Author: Neal M. Ashkanasy
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 141290482X
Release Date: 2000-06-28
Genre: Business & Economics

The Handbook of Organizational Culture and Climate provides an overview of current research, theory and practice in this expanding field. Well-known editors Neal Ashkanasy, Celeste P. M. Wilderom, and Mark F. Peterson lend a truly international perspective to what is the single most comprehensive and up-to-date source on the growing field of organizational culture and climate. In addition, the Handbook opens with a foreword by Andrew Pettigrew and two provocative commentaries by Ben Schneider and Edgar Schein, and concludes with an invaluable set of combined references. The editorial team and the authors come from diverse professional and geographical backgrounds, and provide an unprecedented coverage of topics relating to both culture and climate of modern organizations.

Authority and Autonomy

Author: Susanne Ekman
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137272881
Release Date: 2012-09-18
Genre: Business & Economics

Offers a detailed and entertaining analysis of the daily interactions between managers and employees in creative knowledge intensive organizations. Based on vivid examples, the book shows how both managers and employees entertain contradictory understandings of their mutual commitment.

Justification Evaluation and Critique in the Study of Organizations

Author: Charlotte Cloutier
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 9781787143807
Release Date: 2017-05-31
Genre: Evaluation

From a sociological perspective, it is generally assumed that actors in society will engage in collective action in order to meet their individual needs and interests. As initially argued by Bourdieu, but also by institutional theorists (Scott, 1995 ; Zucker, 1987), much of this engagement will be tacit and taken for granted. Although scholars stemming from a critical perspective highlight the hegemony of these explanations of coordinated action (Alvesson & Willmott, 2002 ; Willmott, 1993), they say little about the capacity of ordinary actors to mobilize their critical competencies in order to resist such hegemony. If one works from the premise that organizational actors dispose of critical competencies, how do they mobilize these in practice and what implications does this mobilization have on our understanding of coordination and organizational processes more broadly ? This is one of the central questions posed by Boltanski and Thévenot when they embarked on the writing of On Justification (1991, 2006), considered by some to be the most important sociological treatise in post-Bourdieu French sociology (Baert & Carreira da Silva, 2010, p. 43). The articles in this volume explore how mobilizing Boltanski and Thévenot's economies of worth framework, and its associated concepts of justification, evaluation, and critique, help address questions regarding the premises and dynamics of coordinated action, both within and across organizations, and by so doing help advance our understanding of organizational processes more generally.