A Grammar of Organizing provides a new, innovative perspective on the organizational challenges now facing companies in complex and dynamic business situations.
This book represents a much needed departure from static theories of organizations to incorporate the dynamic and ever-changing nature of today's companies. The authors assert that management and organization theory is increasingly turning its attention to the perpetual practice of organizing and strategizing rather than just focusing on formal structures and strategies. This new paradigm is thoroughly analyzed, and the consequent management implications discussed. The book then goes on to build a much needed, coherent and fully developed theoretical framework to further expand upon this new emerging perspective. The `activity-community' model is built around fundamental principles, and numerous case studies are used to illustrate and support this unique theoretical framework.
Offering an up-to-date overview of the latest developments within organization theory, and posing a number of important questions on this changing realm, this book will prove a fascinating read for academics, students, researchers and practitioners with an interest in management and organization studies and practices.
Maria Bengtsson, Professor, Umea School of Business (USBE), Sweden, Tomas Mullern, Professor, Joenkoeping International Business School, Sweden, Anders Soederholm, Professor, Mid Sweden University, Sweden and Nils Wahlin, Umea School of Business and Economics, Sweden
Contents: 1. The Need for a New Grammar of Organizing 2. The Orientation of Activities in Time and Space 3. The Challenges of Coordination 4. Influence - Taking a Political Stand on Organizing 5. Identity Construction - Mixing Cultural Diversity and Integration in Organizing 6. Agreements - Acknowledging the Social Processes of Organizing 7. The Activity-Community Model of Organizing 8. Four Challenges of Organizing References Index