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Organization Theory

Modern, Symbolic, and Postmodern Perspectives

Fourth Edition

Mary Jo Hatch

March 2018

ISBN: 9780198723981

440 pages

In Stock

Price: £62.99

The only textbook to use a three-perspective framework to explain, explore, and evaluate organizational theory in a distinctively engaging style.



The only textbook to use a three-perspective framework to explain, explore, and evaluate organizational theory in a distinctively engaging style.

  • A well-established and highly regarded text written by a trusted expert in the field.
  • The only textbook to explain core concepts from the three dominant perspectives in organization theory, providing a distinctive approach that encourages thought, critique, and discussion.
  • Clear, comprehensive coverage of the key topics is delivered through the author's characteristically engaging style to immerse students and stimulate active engagement with the subject.
  • Case studies, student activities, and relevant diagrams make complex ideas accessible and engaging.

New to this edition

  • Thoroughly restructured and revised to reflect the most recent developments in organization theory.
  • A more applied approach is delivered via new 'Theory to Practice' boxes and case studies, which ask students to evaluate the practical uses of organizational theory in a range of settings.
  • New 'Think like a Theorist' and 'Exercise those Perspectives' boxes bring theorizing to life by encouraging students to approach situations and organizations as a theorist and from multiple perspectives, thus developing crucial critical thinking skills.
  • A new chapter exploring organizational identity and other key concepts through the author's extensive research at the Carlsberg Group demonstrates the practical application of organization theory and shows how research findings are used constructively by a company.
  • Chapter 1 is fully revised with a new emphasis on how and why organizational theory is an essential subject to study for anyone looking to progress in a business environment.
  • Additional diagrams, images, and colour make this edition more accessible and engaging than ever before.

About the Author(s)

Mary Jo Hatch, C. Coleman McGehee Eminent Scholars Research Professor Emerita of Banking and Commerce, University of Virginia; Adjunct and Visiting Professor, Copenhagen Business School; Visiting Professor, Gothenburg University School of Business, Economics and Law (Business and Design Lab); International Research Fellow, Said Business School, University of Oxford

Mary Jo Hatch (PhD Stanford, 1985) is the C. Coleman McGehee Eminent Scholars Research Professor of Banking and Commerce, Emerita, at the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Visiting Professor at Gothenburg University, and an International Research Fellow of the Centre for Corporate Reputation, University of Oxford. Her research has been published in the Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Academy of Management Review, European Journal of Marketing, Human Relations, Journal of Management Inquiry, Strategic Organization, Administrative Science Quartely, and Organization. She received the 2011 Distinguished Educator Award from the Academy of Management's Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division.

Table of Contents

    Part One: What is Organization Theory?
    1:Organization theory and its multiple perspectives
    2:A brief history of organization theory
    Part Two: Core Concepts and Theories
    3:Organization-environment relations
    4:Organizational social structure
    5:Organizational technology
    6:Organizational culture
    7:The physical structure of built space in organizations
    Part Three: Themes and Applications
    8:Power in and around organizations: Organizational politics, conflict, and control
    9:Organizational identity at Carlsberg Group


"The most useful introductory text on organization theory there is." - Ian Storer, Sheffield Hallam University

"A text that will genuinely help a student be an organization theorist." - Gemma Donnelly-Cox, Trinity College Dublin

"The comprehensiveness of the approach is beyond question." - Dr Sandra Pereira, University of Warwick

"This is an excellent textbook." - Dr Marco Berti, University of Technology, Sydney

"Very good, very accessible, very relevant." - Dr Beryl Bellman, California State University Los Angeles

Additional Resources

This book is accompanied by a collection of online resources:

For students:
Multiple-choice questions

For lecturers:
PowerPoint slides
Figures and tables from the book
Lecturers' guide
Additional case studies