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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.

A ‘Neo-Carnegie’ Perspective on Organizations
A ‘Neo-Carnegie’ perspective on organizations

With all the focus on the new and emerging in this wonderful volume on organization studies, it behooves us also to consider what remains practical and desirable about old theories and old perspectives on organizations and management and bring this knowledge back to life. For me no perspective remains as relevant and informative about real-world organizations as the ‘Carnegie School’, with its three foundational volumesAdministrative Behavior (Simon, 1947), Organizations (March and Simon, 1958), and A Behavioral Theory of the Firm (Cyert and March, 1963).

Understanding and studying organizations requires us to distinguish formal organizations from other social systems and forms of informal organizing. The Carnegie School tradition provides an important answer: organizations are social systems for structuring ...

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