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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