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The Logic of Organizations


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Organizational Theory

June 2012 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This exploration of organizational theory focuses on the genesis of organizations and the conditions for their continued existence. Drawing upon the classic theories of Marx, Weber and Michels as well as more contemporary developments in organizational theory, Abrahamsson presents his unique theory - that organizations are deliberately designed social structures which have been established by a certain person, group or class in order to implement certain goals.

The Logic of Organizations focuses on three critical problem areas of organizations: how to make organizations more efficient; how to make organizations more representative of the interests and objectives of their founders; and how to relieve the problems of bureaucracy, with administrative groups working for their own goals rather than those of the organization.

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: THE EMERGENCE OF BUREAUCRACY: OUTER FORCES OR INNER LOGIC?
 
Bureaucracy
Some General Remarks

 
 
Theories of Bureaucracy
 
PART TWO: ADMINISTRATION THEORY: RATIONALISM AND THE SYSTEMS PERSPECTIVE
 
`Classical' and `Modern' in Organization Theory
 
Theoretical Outlooks
Rationalism and the Systems Perspective

 
 
Rationalism and Means-End Analysis
 
The Systems Perspective
Some Basic Characteristics

 
 
The Rationalistic Perspective
Problems and Shortcomings

 
 
The Systems Perspective
Problems and Shortcomings

 
 
A Process Model for the Study of Organizations
 
The Struggle Against Bureaucracy
 
Organizational Research and Rationalistic Theory

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