- Subject index
Work in the 21st century requires new understanding in organizational behaviour; how individuals interact together to get work done. This volume brings together research on essential topics such as motivation, job satisfaction, leadership, compensation, organizational justice, communication, intra- and inter-team functioning, judgement and decision-making, organizational development and change. Psychological insights are offered on management interventions, organizational theory, organizational productivity, organizational culture and climate, strategic management, stress, and job loss and unemployment.
Chapter 20: Organization Theory
Organization theory has been a low-consensus field, a feature that became ever more pronounced in the late twentieth century. This chapter traces developments in organization theory over the last 50 years that have culminated in present-day fragmentation in theoretical and epistemological positions. Institutionalization as a separate field dates back to the rapprochement in the 1970s among concerns of earlier practitioner-theorists and sociologically orientated work and the ensuing divide between organization theory and organizational behaviour. The chapter reviews how what appeared like emerging consensus at the time was soon to break down with the advent in North America of influential research programmes rooted in sociology as well as economics. The last two decades also witnessed, primarily in Europe, the increasing popularity of alternative ...