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American Anti-Management Theories of Organization: A Critique of Paradigm Proliferation Lex Donaldson

American Anti-Management Theories of Organization: A Critique of Paradigm Proliferation

Lex Donaldson

Published January 28th 1995
ISBN : 9780521473590
Hardcover
277 pages
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This controversial book strongly criticizes recent developments in the study of organizational structure in the United States. It concentrates on five theories that are fashionable: population-ecology, institutional, resource dependence, agency andMoreThis controversial book strongly criticizes recent developments in the study of organizational structure in the United States. It concentrates on five theories that are fashionable: population-ecology, institutional, resource dependence, agency and transaction costs economics. Each is shown to be flawed, either in its logic, or by studies of actual organizations. These sharply different theories have fragmented the field and present a negative view of managers. Lex Donaldson argues for an integrated theory built around structural contingency theory, that places managers in a more positive light.