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1st Edition

Organizations in Action
Competition between Contexts

ISBN 9780415182317
Published November 11, 1999 by Routledge
368 Pages

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Book Description

This original and ambitious work provides a fascinating examination of organizations from both a post-modern and new organizational economics perspective. Combining strategy, international business and organisational theory, it represents a ground-breaking critique of prevailing mainstream modernist theories of organization. Distinctive features include:

* a comprehensive analysis of social and organizational theory
* discussion and exploration of knowledge capitalism
* a critique of core competencies and resource based approaches to strategy, human resource management and organizational behaviour.

In an essential area of study for every business undergraduate and reflective manager, this outstanding book pulls together material which is currently scattered and poorly synthesised, and examines high-profile real-world business examples.

Table of Contents

Part 1 New political economy; Chapter 1 Two themes, three disciplines and five perspectives; Chapter 2 From modernism to neo-modern political economy; Chapter 3 Organisation theory; Chapter 4 Structuration, domain theory and the realist turn; Chapter 5 Organisation economics and economic sociology; Part 2 Competition between contexts; Chapter 6 Long-term political economy; Chapter 7 National innovation-design systems; Chapter 8 Nations; Chapter 9 American exceptionalism; Chapter 10 Sectoral clusters and competition between contexts; Part 3 Firms; Chapter 11 Resource-based strategic analysis; Chapter 12 Contingent recurrent action patterns and repertoires; Chapter 13 Knowledges; Chapter 14 Morphogenesis/stasis; Part 4 Zones of manoeuvre; Chapter 15 Organisational management and zones of manoeuvre;

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Peter Clark is Professor of Organisational Management at the University of Birmingham Business School.


Deserves serious attention...[Clark] has done a great service to his readers by immersing himself in the seemingly impenetrable literature of the critical realists, and summarising what he sees as its implications...An invaluable guide to buisness historians. - Michael Rowlinson, Business History