In this tour de force, authors Stewart R. Clegg, David Courpasson, and Nelson Phillips provide a comprehensive account of power and organizations, unlocking power as the central relation of modern organizations and society. The authors present an excellent synthesis of organization, social and political theory to offer an overview of power and organizations that is historically informed, addresses current issues, and is comprehensive in scope.

The Rational System and its Irrational Other

The rational system and its irrational other

Chapter Outline

In this chapter we will:

  • Establish how the concept of efficiency and the social system became established in organization theory.
  • Elaborate Parsons' framing of organization theory in terms of a systems metaphor.
  • Show how the concept of power was radically decoupled from that of ...
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