A Companion to Organizational Anthropology, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118325575
  • ISBN-13: 9781118325575
  • DDC: 302.3
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 572 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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A Companion to Organizational Anthropology is a broad overview of the field that has evolved over the last few decades from the study of work and economic organizations to a broader research agenda of analyzing complex organizations that include government agencies, transnational corporations, supernational regulatory bodies and non-profit organizations.  The Companion outlines the historical development of the field, and surveys the rich variety of ethnographic methods and how they are used in the study of organizations. The authors illuminate such vital topics as organizational dynamics, entrepreneurship, partnerships, organizational innovation, social networks, cognitive models and team building, organizational dysfunctions, global networked organizations, NGOs, indigenous organizations, labor unions, virtual communities, as well as corporate culture and social responsibility.  The authors study processes in organizations and also the complex relationships among organizations and how those relationships impact and are impacted by market, societal and global issues.  The Companion demonstrates how the work anthropologists conduct in complex organizations is a body of work so large, broad-based and important to understanding of life in the twenty-first century as to constitute an important subfield in the discipline. Leading scholars provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of developments in the field, to make this new companion the authoritative guide for researchers, instructors and students in anthropological studies of complex organizations.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Notes on Contributors.
Expanding the Field of Organizational Anthropology for the Twenty-First Century.
1: Critique and Theory.
2: The Organization of Anthropology and Higher Education in the United States.
3: The Changing Rhetoric of Corporate Culture.
4: New Institutional Approaches to Formal Organizations.
5: Entrepreneurship Studies.
6: Neurological Model of Organizational Culture.
7: Methods and Analysis.
8: Social Networks and Organizations.
9: A Mixed-Methods Approach to Understand Global Networked Organizations.
10: Measuring Organizational Dynamics.
11: Semiotics of Organizations.
12: An Ethnography of Numbers.
13: Managing Conflict on Organizational Partnerships.
14: Organizational Processes.
15: Working on Work Organizations.
16: Organizational Innovation Is a Participative Process.
17: Communities of Practice.
18: Organizational Networks and Social Capital.
19: American Labor Unions as Organizations.
20: Virtual Organizations.
21: Sustaining Social Sector Organizations.
22: Globalization, Development, and Modernization.
23: The Contemporary World of Finance.
24: Globalization, Modernization, and Complex Organizations.
25: Chinese Business Ventures into China.
26: Corporate Social Responsibility: Interaction between Market and Community.
27: NGOs and Community Development: Assessing the Contributions from Sen's Perspective of Freedom.
28: Why Are Indigenous Organizations Declining in Latin America?.
29: Australian Indigenous Organizations.
30: Organization of Schooling in Three Countries.