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A Sociology of Organisations (RLE: Organizations)

1st Edition

By J. E. T. Eldridge, A. D. Crombie


220 pages

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An understanding of the nature and forms of organisation, particularly with reference to industrial societies, is a key area in sociological analysis. This book discusses and explains what concepts to employ and what analytical procedures to adopt as well as conveying a sense of the theoretical and empirical diversity involved in the study of organisations.

Among the questions explored are:

  • why do we classify organisations in particular ways and for what purpose?
  • how can on explore the relationships pertaining to an organisation and its environment?
  • what issues are raised by the existence of many varied and often competing organisations in industrial societies?

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Part 1: Introduction. 1. A Sociology of Organisations? Part 2: Organisations: Concepts and Classifications 2. Defining and Labelling Organisations. 3. Types of Organisations. Part 3: Organisations: Missions and Cultures. 4. Organisations and Their Missions. 5. Organisational Cultures. Part 4: The Organisational Phenomenon 6.Organisations and Society: Legacies of Sociological Thought. 7. Organisations and Society: Thematic Continuities and Cross-currents. Part 5: Conclusion. 8. Sociologists and Organisations: Critiques and Apologias. Bibliography. Index.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior