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The fullest general statement of Max Weber's sociological theory to appear in any of his writings, The Theory of Social and Economic Organization is an introduction to Weber's ambitious comparitive study of the sociological and institutional foundations of the modern economic and social order. In this work originally published in German in 1920, Weber discusses the analyti ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Free Press (first published 1947)
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Weber is mentioned so often in subsequent texts that it become necessary to read his work just to be in the loop. In that regard, one should read his book.



That said, the early chapters were for me better than some of the latter. The ideas he posits on traditionl vs. routine or bureaucratic organization are truly revolutionary. His descriptions of the inherent conflicts arrising from the social structure are really insightful. The manner in which he lays out the importance of funding to the organ
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Nov 07, 2012 Jorge Llaguno Sañudo rated it really liked it
Weber its the source himself. Sometimes criticized of being too abstract or that his models were way to idealistic, nevertheless, he dissects the anatomy of power, and nails the concept of "Bureaucracy" as a new -and better- way of organize human work as is the platform needed for the planning and coordination of labour first introduced by Taylor, and justified by Chandler as the "Visible Hand". A must-read if you hope to understand modern organizations, and our actual world.
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Mediocre, bland, I didn't get much from this book that I can recall. Rather off the spot, and sketchy.
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Maximilian Carl Emil Weber was a German lawyer, politician, historian, sociologist and political economist, who profoundly influenced social theory and the remit of sociology itself. His major works dealt with the rationalization, bureaucratization and 'disenchantment' associated with the rise of capitalism. Weber was, along with his associate Georg Simmel, a central figure in t
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