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Organization Theory and Governance for the 21st Century is a core text for the organization theory course that provides students with both theoretical grounding and practical application. The objective of the text is to expose students to post-traditional theory as well as to “operationalize” theory, showing clearly how it's been applied and with what impact. The book first covers the classical foundations of organization theory, beginning with rationalist approaches and the behavioral revolution, and then delving into the diversity of network theory, chaos and complexity, structural-functionalism, and transaction cost economics. The authors then demonstrate how these theories are operationalized; i.e. how they can be applied to various management and administrative functions, including managing individual behavior, affecting organizational change, understanding and shaping group dynamics, and managing ...

Classical Foundations: The Historical Context of a New Field of Study
Classical foundations: The historical context of a new field of study

Although various forms of organization existed for thousands of years prior to the emergence of classical management and organization theories, it was not until the end of the nineteenth century that the study of organizations became a more formalized discipline. In large part this emerging awareness and study can be understood as being tied to the second Industrial Revolution—that is, the shift away from dependence on water power that characterized early industrialization, to steam power, and the advent of mass produced and cheap steel. Simultaneously, there was a shift in economic power and productivity from Great Britain to the United States and Germany. ...

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