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Understanding Organizations: Theories and Images introduces students to the key principles of understanding, designing, and managing organizations in an accessible and practical way. The book provides a conceptual toolkit containing the essential models, theories and concepts needed for working in, managing and evaluating organizations.
Insightful anecdotes discuss how for- and not-for profit organizations fit within our current society from a social and economic perspective.Theoretical framework and multi-perspective approach focuses on economics, institutionalism and evolution theory highlighting the relationship between organizations, employees and the broader society. Research-focused approach analyses organizational phenomena in light of recent studies.
This textbook is ideal for undergraduates and postgraduates studying general management, organizational theory, organizational design, and organizational sociology.
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Before retiring, Udo Staber was a Professor of Organizational Studies at University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is now an independent scholar, living in New York and Rome
Introduction: Organizations Matter Theorizing Organizations Contexts and Environments Space and Spatiality Time and Temporality Structure and Structuring Knowledge and Understanding Conclusion: Private Problems and Public Issues