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For Positivist Organization Theory
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For Positivist Organization Theory

  • Lex Donaldson - Australian School of Business, Australia, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


August 1996 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Organization theory is presently dominated by theories of strategic choice and politics. Managers are seen as exercising a wide choice and maximizing their personal self-interest through complex power struggles.

This stimulating volume challenges these views, arguing instead that managerial decisions are determined by the situation and serve the interests of the whole organization. Showing that organizations follow laws which generalize across organizations of many different kinds in many different national cultures, the book rejects the model of organizational configurations or types.

The author offers a critical assessment of leading organization theorists such as Henry Mintzberg, John Child, Michael Hannan and Danny Miller - and also of the satirist Northcote Parkinson.

 
Positivist Organization Theory
 
For Determinism
Against Strategic Choice

 
 
For Determinism
Subjective Factors in Strategic Choice

 
 
For Functionalism
Against Politics and `Parkinson's Law'

 
 
For Functionalism
The Validity of Blau's Theory

 
 
For Cartesianism
Against Organization Types and Quantum Jumps

 
 
For Generalization in Positivist Organization Theory
 
For Generalization of Organizational Size
 
Conclusions

`Organizations need to develop learning strategies to survive and develop in increasingly uncertain and changing markets. In this book, researchers from both Europe and the United States explore theories of strategic management and organzational behaviour to establish a link between learning processes and competitive advantage, within a variety of organizational settings. The book is organized in three main parts: learning processes and competitive advantages; organizational learning and strategic capability; and strategic change and organizational learning. Charts and tables clarify the theories and an excellent bibliography completes the work' - International Review of Administrative Sciences

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