In Managing Organizations Stewart Clegg, Cynthia Hardy and Walter Nord explore the major issues and debates in management and organization. The textbook addresses key topics such as leadership, decision-making and innovation in organizations alongside such themes as diversity, globalization and ecology. Students and teachers of management will find this a comprehensive and wide-ranging resource on the core issues for contemporary managers and organizations.

Introduction: Organizational Issues

Introduction: Organizational Issues

Introduction: Organizational issues
Stewart R.Clegg
Walter R.Nord

It is instructive to recall the 1965 Handbook of Organizations edited by James G. March. At that time, March noted that ‘the study of organizations has a history but not a pedigree’ (1965: ix). Today, organization studies are even further removed from a pedigree in terms of a clear line of descent. Rather their history consists of multiple pasts and multiple presents. Organization studies have moved away from an unambiguous relationship between the word and the world in which the word was used to model the world and authorial authority exercised sovereign sway over the representation of reality. As alternative paradigms gained a foothold, multiple, conflicting realities started to emerge and the previously secure position of the researcher ...

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