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"Barry and Hansen have gathered an impressive array of contributors to speculate where the management and organization field might be headed. The Handbook offers refreshing and proactive insights that confront our assumptions about organizations and challenge us to expand our thinking and inquiry. It it must reading for anyone who seeks to understand how we look at, live in, and act on organizations."—Thomas G. Cummings, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern CaliforniaTen years ago critical theory and postmodernism were considered new and emerging theories in Business and Management. What will be the next new important theories to shape the field? In one edited volume, David Barry and Hans Hansen have commissioned new chapters that will allow readers to stay one step ahead of the latest thinking. Contributors draw on research and practice to introduce ideas that are considered 'fringe' and controversial today, but may be key theoretical contributions tomorrow. Each chapter sets these ideas in their historical context, lays out the key theoretical positions taken by each new approach and makes it clear why these approaches are different to more mainstream concepts. Throughout contributors refer to existing studies that show how these developing themes will change the Business and Management arena.Researchers, teachers and advanced students who are interested in the future of Business and Management scholarship will want to read this Handbook.

Updating Organization Theory
Updating organization theory

The field of organization studies in North America incubated during the post-World War II era when economic life was becoming increasingly ‘organized’ – that is, housed within organizations. March and Simon's influential 1958 synthesis Organizations provided a framework suitable for studying behavior within organizations as well as the behavior of organizations, understood as discrete units of social structure. Their mid-century academic contemporaries described an emerging social order that was, as Perrow would later describe, a ‘society of organizations,’ particularly within the US. A consensus developed about the predominant place of the mass production corporation. Peter Drucker wrote that ‘the big enterprise is the true symbol of our social order… In the industrial enterprise, the structure which actually underlies all our ...

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