This comprehensive text provides a detailed review and analysis of the building-block theories in the macro-organizational behavior field.
John Miner has identified the key theories that any student or scholar needs to understand to be considered literate in the discipline. Each chapter includes the background of the theorist represented, the context in which the theory arose, the initial and subsequent theoretical statements, research on the theory by the theory's author and others (including meta-analysis and reviews), and practical applications.
Special features, including boxed summaries of each theory at the beginning of each chapter; two introductory chapters on the scientific method and the development of knowledge; and detailed, comprehensive references, help make this text especially useful for every student and scholar in the field.
1. Science and Its Theory 2. The Conduct of Research and the Development of Knowledge 3. Organizational Decision Making 4. Administrative Behavior and Organizations 5. Behavioral Theory of the Firm 6. Organizational Learning Concepts 7. Organizational and Sensemaking 8. Image Theory 9. Bueucralted Concepts 10. The Theory of Bureucracy 11. Theory Undergirding the Aston Studies 12. Theory of Differentiation 13. Goal Congruence Theory and Organization Development 14. Organization Culture Theory and Process Consultation 15. Sociological Concepts of Organization 16. External Control of Organization Resource Dependence Perspective 17. System Concepts of Organizations 18. Control Theory Using the Control Graph 19. The Social Psychology of Organizations 20. Sociotechnical Systems Theory 21. Sociological Open Systems Theory 22. Mechanistic and Organic Systems Contingency Theory of Organizations Differentiation and Integration 23. Neoinstitutional Theory 24. Organizational Ecology and Demography