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Classics of Organization Theory, 8th Edition

  • Jay Shafritz University of Pittsburgh
  • J. Steven Ott University of Utah
  • Yong Suk Jang Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
  • ISBN-10: 1285870271  |  ISBN-13: 9781285870274
  • 496 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2005, 2001
  • © 2016 | Published
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Compiled by three of the most influential authors in the field, CLASSICS OF ORGANIZATION THEORY, Eighth Edition is a collection of the most enduring works in organization theory. To help students grasp important themes, perspectives, and theories, the authors describe what organization theory is, how it has developed, and how its development has coincided with events and changes in other fields. This highly acclaimed reader is not simply a retelling of the history of organization theory; its evolution is told through the words of the distinguished theorists themselves. The readings in this edition have been thoroughly reviewed and updated.

Features and Benefits

  • A compelling Introduction explains why there are competing perspectives for grouping theories of organization.
  • A chronology of organization theory helps students visualize the development and progression of the field.
  • Chapter-opening pages identify central themes and issues, contrast perspectives, and summarize contributions of the articles to the field.
  • Each chapter focuses on one major school of thought, allowing perspectives to be absorbed one at a time.
  • A bibliography of the most important books and articles from the perspectives is included in each chapter.

Table of Contents

Foreword, John Meyer.
Introduction: A Chronology of Organization Theory.
Socrates Discovers Generic Management, Xenophon (1869). Of the Division of Labour, Adam Smith (1776). Superintendent’s Report, Daniel C. McCallum (1856). The Engineer as Economist, Henry R. Towne (1886). General Principles of Management, Henri Fayol (1916). The Principles of Scientific Management, Frederick Winslow Taylor (1916). Bureaucracy, Max Weber (1922). Notes on the Theory of Organization, Luther Gulick (1937).
Chester Barnard and the Guardians of the Managerial State: The Moral Obligations of the Elite, William G. Scott (1992).The Proverbs of Administration, Herbert A. Simon (1946). Foundations of the Theory of Organization, Philip Selznick (1948).
The Hawthorne Experiment. Western Electric Co., Elton Mayo (1933). A Theory of Human Motivation, Abraham H. Maslow (1943). The Human Side of Enterprise, Douglas Murray McGregor (1957). Groupthink: The Desperate Drive for Consensus at Any Cost, Irving L. Janis (1971).
The Concept of Formal Organization, Peter M. Blau & W. Richard Scott (1962). Organizational Choice: Product versus Function, Arthur H. Walker & Jay W. Lorsch (1968). Structure in 5’s: A Synthesis of the Research on Organization Design, Henry Mintzberg (1980).
The Economics of Organization: The Transaction Cost Approach, Oliver E. Williamson (1981). Learning from Organizational Economics, Jay B. Barney & William G. Ouchi (1986). An Institutional Approach to the Study of Self-Organization and Self-Governance, Elinor Ostrom (1990).
The Bases of Social Power, John R. P. French Jr. & Bertram Raven (1959). The Power of Power, James G. March (1966). Power Failure in Management Circuits, Rosabeth Moss Kanter (1979). Power Game and the Players, Henry Mintzberg (1983).
The Concept of Organizational Culture: Why Bother?, Edgar H. Schein (2004). Cultures and Organizations: Pyramids, Machines, and Families: Organizing Across Nations, Geert Hofstede, Gert Jan Hofstede, & Michael Minkov (2010). Appreciative Inquiry, David L. Cooperrider & Diana Whitney (2005).
Organizations and the System Concept, Daniel Katz & Robert L. Kahn (1966). Organizations in Action, James D. Thompson (1967). Institutionalized Organizations: Formal Structure as Myth and Ceremony, John W. Meyer & Brian Rowan (1977). External Control of Organizations: A Resource Dependence Perspective, Jeffrey Pfeffer & Gerald R. Salancik (1978). The Network Organization in Theory and Practice, Wayne Baker (1992).
Gendering Organizational Theory, Joan Acker (1992). A New Kind of Public Service Professional, Mitchell F. Rice & Audrey L. Mathews (2012). Corporate Citizenship: Social Responsibility, Responsiveness, and Performance, Archie B. Carroll & Ann K. Buchholtz (1989). The Search for Social Entrepreneurship, Paul Light (2008).Towards a Theory of Hybrid Organizations, David Billis (2010).

What's New

  • Nine new readings written by the most influential authors in the field—William G. Scott & Elton Mayo; Henry Mintzberg; Elinor Ostrom; Geert Hofstede, Gert Jan Hofstede, & Michael Minkov; Wayne Baker; Mitchell F. Rice & Audrey L. Mathews; Paul Light; and David Billis—enhance this edition.
  • A few new bodies of theory (which will become classics over time) have been added.
  • Many readings have been condensed to make them more manageable for students.
  • A revised Foreword by John Meyer has been added.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jay Shafritz

Jay M. Shafritz is Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. He is the author, co-author, or editor of over forty textbooks and reference books on business and public administration. He holds a doctorate from Temple University and an MPA from the Baruch College of the City University of New York.

J. Steven Ott

J. Steven Ott is a professor and dean emeritus at the University of Utah. He has written numerous books on organization theory, organizational behavior, nonprofit organizations, and organizational culture. His recent journal articles have appeared in the International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, Public Organization Review, Public Performance & Management Review, Public Administration Review, and Public Integrity. He teaches organizational behavior, organizational leadership and change, the nonprofit sector in society, nonprofit organization management, and organization theory. Ott worked as a management consultant to organizations in the nonprofit and public sectors for 26 years before joining the faculties at the universities of Maine and Utah. His Ph.D. is from the University of Colorado, his M.S. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his B.A. form Pennsylvania State University.

Yong Suk Jang

Yong Suk Jang is a professor of Public Administration at Yonsei University. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University and taught at the University of Utah (2001-2004) and Korea University (2004-2008). His current research interests include macro-comparative analyses of nation-states and organizations, governance, and neo-institutionalism. Recent publications include Classics of Organization Theory, 6th & 7th ed. (Wadsworth Cengage Learning) and articles in Administrative Science Quarterly, Asian Business and Management, Sociological Perspectives, International Sociology, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Social Science Computer Review, Development and Society, Korean Public Administration Review, Journal of Korean Association for Policy Studies, The Journal of Educational Administration, Review of International Area Studies, and Quarterly Journal of Labor Policy, Human Resource Management Review, and Korean Journal of Sociology.