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Organization Theory: Modern, Symbolic, and Postmodern Perspectives
Organization Theory offers a clear and comprehensive introduction to the study of organizations and organizing processes. It encourages an even-handed appreciation of the different perspectives contributing to our knowledge of organizations and challenges readers to broaden their intellectual reach.
Paperback, 370 pages
Published March 16th 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 31st 1997)
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This book delves into the heart of organizational theory and the complexity and systems theory that go with an organization. Organizations are not simple but very complex and each organization needs to be seen in its own light. This book is deep and may take a day or two to read but the knowledge this author gives is priceless.
Sep 25, 2017 Regitze rated it liked it
I'm so not an expert on this topic and I will probably need to rerad certain chapters before I write my internship rapport, but I do think she did an okay job explaining the theories. Whether I understood it, is another matter entirely.
This book did a good job of separating the three perspectives. It is always interesting to learn something new and how people use these views to make deductions that are best for them in their lives I found exciting. My biggest problems were that the author over explained things. It was like a lecturer who loves to hear himself talk and doesn't realize it could confuse people who are listening. A little editing would have been nice here. The other thing was that some of the graphs were also quit ...more
A really great introduction to Organization Theory. Hatch does a great job of demonstrating the perspectives through embedding the dominant languages of the perspectives in her explanations. She also draws good comparisons between the perspective. I would however advise that it would have been interesting to also discuss Critical Theory, particularly how it relates and contrasts with Modernism and Postmodernism.