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The Contingency Theory of Organizations
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The Contingency Theory of Organizations

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


March 2001 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Written by one of the foremost scholars in the field, this volume presents a comprehensive, in-depth analysis of the theories, evidence and methodological issues of contingency theory - one of the major theoretical lenses used to view organizations. It includes both an appreciation of the coherency of contingency theory overall and a frank recognition of some of the deficiencies in contingency theory research. The coherent underlying model provides the platform from which to make good some of the deficiencies through a series of improvements in theory and method that chart the course for future research.

The opening chapter presents a theoretical integration to provide the reader with an overview that makes sense of what is a large literature. It also argues that there is an underlying core paradigm that renders contingency theory coherent. The next chapters lay out the foundations of contingency theory by reviewing the pioneering contributors to theory and empirical research. This is followed by an examination of the causal models in the received bureaucracy research literature and an attempt to put them on a more truly contingency theory base. Chapters 7 and 8 examine in detail the concept of fit and its relationship with performance, including the empirical research studies. Chapter 9 presents possible new developments for contingency theory, to make it more coherent and, hopefully, valid. These new developments include the concepts of disequilibrium, quasi-fit and hetero-performance. All three are novel concepts that substantially revise and improve contingency theory. The final chapter offers suggestions on how to operationalize the ideas in this book in terms of hypotheses for future empirical research.

 
Core Paradigm and Theoretical Integration
 
Organic Theory and Research
 
Bureaucracy Theory and Research
 
Causality and Contingency in Bureaucracy Theory
 
Controversies in Contingency Theory Research
 
Challenges from Other Theories
 
Fit Concept and Analysis
 
Fit Affects Performance
 
Neo-Contingency Theory
 
Future Opportunities

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