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Organizations and Society
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Organizations and Society



November 2022 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
What are the costs and consequences of living in a society that has undergone an “organizational revolution”? To what extent is social life in the 21st century dominated by the rational control that is characteristic of bureaucratic organizations large and small? Organizations and Society addresses these broader human questions with a critical perspective, while at the same time explaining the main concepts and theories in the field. Students of all interests—those who wish to run organizations someday, study them, or simply understand their importance in the contemporary social order—will benefit from the insights and cogent arguments of this text for undergraduate classrooms.
 
PART I: Our Society of Organizations
 
Chapter 1: Introduction: A Society of Formal Organizations
 
Chapter 2: The Subject Is Organizations. The Issue Is Power
 
Chapter 3: Organizations and Inequality
 
PART II: Forging the Society of Organizations
 
Chapter 4: The Rise of Bureaucracy and the Question of Efficiency
 
Chapter 5: The Rise of Bureaucracy and the Question of Power
 
Chapter 6: Are We Beyond Bureaucracy?
 
Part III: Analyzing Organizations
 
Chapter 7: The Machine Organization
 
Chapter 8: The Human Organization
 
Chapter 9: The Open Organization
 
Chapter 10: The Limits of Rationality
 
Chapter 11: Rationality and Rationalization as Variables
 
Chapter 12: Final Reflections: Living With Organizations

This fascinating textbook covers all basic concepts and theories for analyzing organizations, including classic and modern concepts. It covers a good mix of historical and current discourses on management and organizations from the sociological perspective. All chapters include beneficial lists of proposals for further reading. The volume will be even more helpful if it covers additional examples of case studies, exercises for classes, and a glossary.

Dr Andrzej Klimczuk
Social Science, Warsaw School of Economics
November 21, 2023

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