Organization Theory: A Public and Nonprofit Perspective, 3rd Edition

  • Harold F. Gortner George Mason University
  • Kenneth L. Nichols University of Maine
  • Carolyn Ball University of Maine
  • ISBN-10: 0495006807  |  ISBN-13: 9780495006800
  • 448 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1997, 1987
  • © 2007 | Published
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Master organizational theory with ORGANIZATION THEORY: A PUBLIC AND NON-PROFIT PERSPECTIVE! With coverage of how organizational theories relate to both government and nonprofits, this political science text provides you with information that is vital for your future career. A book specific website provides case studies, review materials, and links for further exploration that help you discover how theory applies to real-life. Studying is made easy with tools found throughout the text such as review questions, a glossary of important terms, ethical considerations, and the impact of technology on government and nonprofit organizations.

Table of Contents

1. Organization Research and Theory.
2. Blurring Sectors: Public and Private.
3. Pivotal Controversies.
4. Structure.
5. Communication.
6. Accountability and Transparency.
7. Decisionmaking.
8. Motivation and Culture.
9. Leadership.
10. Change and Stability.
Index (an author index and a subject index).

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Harold F. Gortner

Harold F. Gortner is professor emeritus of government and politics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Gortner's research and teaching interests are in the areas of organization theory, public administration ethics, public management, and Canadian politics. In addition to holding administrative positions at the university, he has worked in state government agencies and taught in and consulted with foreign universities. Other publications include ADMINISTRATION IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR and ETHICS FOR PUBLIC MANAGEMENT, along with articles and chapters in a variety of public administration journals and anthologies.

Kenneth L. Nichols

Kenneth L. Nichols is associate professor of public policy and administration at the University of Maine. Dr. Nichols' research and teaching interests include organizational change, technology impact, futures research techniques, ethics in the workplace, and administrative themes in literature. A former administrator with the Internal Revenue Service, he has co-edited ENTERPRISE GOVERNMENT: FRANCHISING AND CROSS-SERVICING FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT and published articles about organizational change, ethics, older employees, tax policy, and technology dissemination. He is developing a how-to book of strategic management and forecasting tools.

Carolyn Ball

Carolyn Ball is an associate professor of public policy and administration and director of public administration graduate programs at the University of Maine in Orono. Dr. Ball's teaching and research interests include diversity¿particularly religious diversity in the workforce¿and organizational behavior and culture, as well as evaluation. She has published articles on religion, community policing, domestic violence, and evaluation. She has worked in a state workforce development agency and in healthcare and youth nonprofit agencies. Her consulting experience includes working with state and local transportation and public safety departments.