Organizations: Management Without Control provides a comprehensive understanding of the functions of formal organizations and the challenges they face. The most effective organizations provide members with opportunities to achieve their personal goals while pursuing the organization's objectives. Using a practical approach with minimal jargon, author Howard P. Greenwald covers the basic features of organizations such as roles, structure, reward systems, power and authority, and culture and introduces important theoretical perspectives related to these features.
Emphasizes the theme of “management without control”: This volume differs from most standard texts by highlighting both the challenges and opportunities that result from the independence of the individuals in the organization's ranks.; Stresses the importance of individual motivation and self-fulfillment: Recognizing the individual's responsibility for their own success, the book helps readers evaluate clues to whether the organization to which they belong is an adequate opportunity.; Offers a critical perspective on current fads and management ideologies: Proposing no formulaic solutions, the book provides the perspectives required to understand each organization's uniqueness and to develop remedies to issues as they arise.; Makes theory accessible through numerous real-life examples: Chapters include examples from life in business organizations, government agencies, non-profits, clubs, friendship groups, and families.; Examines multinational corporations: Challenges involved in management on an international scale are explored as the book applies the principle of individual and group independence to global matters.; Underscores multidisciplinary interest in organizations: Content is drawn from sociology, social psychology, anthropology, and management science.
This introductory textbook on formal organizations is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Organizational Behavior, Managing Complex Organizations, Sociology of Organizations, and Government/Non-profit Management in the departments of business, public administration, health administration, social work, sociology, and psychology.
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To understand the principles of bureaucracy; to distinguish bureaucracies from other types of formal organizations; to appreciate the positive and negative features of bureaucracies; to comprehend the reasons for the predominance of bureaucracy in modern industrialized countries.
- Bureaucracy is a particular kind of formal organization. It is distinguished from other organizations by its degree of formalization, that is, the extent to which it defines activities required and permitted by members. Bureaucracies are the most “formal” of formal organizations.
- Disinterested application of rules helps distinguish bureaucracies from other organizations. By encouraging rule-governed performance of duty, bureaucracies reduce the likelihood of insubordination toward superiors and bias toward clients. Viewing their jobs as steps in a career, workers in bureaucracies become skilled at what they do.