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Classics of Organization Theory, 7th Edition

  • Jay Shafritz University of Pittsburgh
  • J. Steven Ott University of Utah
  • Yong Suk Jang Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
  • ISBN-10: 0495569410  |  ISBN-13: 9780495569411
  • 560 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005, 2001, 1996
  • © 2011 | Published
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Compiled by three of the most influential authors in the field, CLASSICS OF ORGANIZATION THEORY is a collection of the most enduring works in organization theory. The text helps students grasp important themes, perspectives and theories by describing what organization theory is, how it has developed, and how its development has coincided with events and changes in other fields. This text 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

  • The Introduction includes a chronology of events to help the reader visualize the development and progression of the field in the context of time.
  • Chapter-opening pages tie together the articles of that chapter by identifying themes, contrasting perspectives of others, and summarizing contributions of the articles.
  • Each chapter focuses on one major school of thought allowing each perspective to be absorbed one at a time.
  • A bibliography is included in each chapter.

Table of Contents

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).
The Economy of Incentives, Chester I. Barnard (1938). Bureaucratic Structure and Personality, Robert K. Merton (1957). The Proverbs of Administration, Herbert A. Simon (1946). Foundations of the Theory of Organization, Philip Selznick (1948). A Behavioral Theory of Organizational Objectives, Richard M. Cyert & James G. March (1959).
The Giving of Orders, Mary Parker Follett (1926). The Hawthorne Experiments, Fritz J. Roethlisberger (1941). 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).
Mechanistic and Organic Systems, Tom Burns & G. M. Stalker (1961). The Concept of Formal Organization, Peter M. Blau & W. Richard Scott (1962). Organizational Choice: Product versus Function, Arthur H. Walker & Jay W. Lorsch (1968). The Five Basic Parts of the Organization, Henry Mintzberg (1979). Technology as a Contingency Factor, Richard M. Burton & Børge Obel (1998).
Theory of the Firm: Managerial Behavior, Agency Costs and Ownership Structure, Michael C. Jensen & William H. Meckling (1976). The Economics of Organization: The Transaction Cost Approach, Oliver E. Williamson (1981). Learning from Organizational Economics, Jay B. Barney & William G. Ouchi (1986). Managing Business Transactions, Paul H. Rubin (1990).
Understanding the Role of Power in Decision Making, Jeffrey Pfeffer (1981). Democracy and the Iron Law of Oligarchy, Robert Michels (1915/1962). The Bases of Social Power, John R. P. French Jr. & Bertram Raven (1959). The Power of Power, James G. March (1966). The Power Game and the Players, Henry Mintzberg (1983). Power Failure in Management Circuits, Rosabeth Moss Kanter (1979).
The Concept of Organizational Culture: Why Bother?, Edgar H. Schein (2004). The Z Organization, William G. Ouchi (1981). Changing Organizational Cultures, Harrison M. Trice & Janice M. Beyer (1993), Organizational Culture: Pieces of the Puzzle, Joanne Martin (2002). Appreciative Inquiry, David L. Cooperrider & Diana Whitney (2003).
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 and Brian Rowan (1977). External Control of Organizations: A Resource Dependence Perspective, Jeffrey Pfeffer & Gerald R. Salancik (1978). Demography of Corporations and Industries, Glenn R. Carroll and Michael T. Hannan (2000).
Gendering Organizational Theory 450, Joan Acker (1992). Creating the Multicultural Organization: The Challenge of Managing Diversity 469, Taylor Cox Jr. (2001). Corporate Citizenship: Social Responsibility, Responsiveness, and Performance, Archie B. Carroll & Ann K. Buchholtz (1989). Corporate Social Responsibility: A Theory of the Firm Perspective, Abagail McWilliams & Donald Siegel (2001). Social Entrepreneurship, Johanna Mair, Jeffrey Robinson & Kai Hockerts (2006). Social Enterprise: Beyond Economic Outcomes and Individual Returns, Helen Haugh (2006).

What's New

  • A new Chapter 7, Theories of Organizational Culture and Change, addresses reform and changes in organizational culture.
  • A new Chapter 9, Theories of Organizations and Society, groups readings about important emerging themes – social equity, social responsibility, corporate citizenship, and social enterprise and entrepreneurship.
  • New readings bring the lastest scholarship to the text. Look for works by Oliver E. Williamson; David L. Cooperrider & Diana Whitney;
  • Most of the retained articles have been shortened to help readers focus on the central ideas presented.

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.