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Organization Theory

Modern, Symbolic, and Postmodern Perspectives

Fourth Edition

Mary Jo Hatch

Publication Date - 15 May 2018

ISBN: 9780198723981

440 pages
9.7 x 7.4 inches

In Stock

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


Organization Theory offers a clear and comprehensive introduction to the study of organizations and organizing processes. Through the unique three-perspective approach, students are challenged to explain, explore, and evaluate organizational theory, drawing on their own experiences as well as the book's diverse practical examples.

The fourth edition includes a host of new learning features, which examine the practicality of theorizing and encourage students to broaden their intellectual reach. "Theory to Practice" boxes and case studies highlight organizing processes in a range of settings, either through real-life business examples or through exercises that encourage students to apply the theory within their own environment. "Think like a Theorist" and "Exercise Those Perspectives" boxes then encourage students to actively theorize and evaluate, developing essential critical thinking skills and a greater understanding of the complex knowledge produced by organization theorists. By taking theory off the page, students can learn through doing and adopt a reflective stance to the world around them.

Mary Jo Hatch draws on her extensive experience in the field to produce a trusted and accessible introduction to the subject that provides academic depth, engaging pedagogy, and a practical focus.


For Students:
*Multiple-choice questions

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

New to this Edition

  • Thoroughly updated 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
  • New "Think like a Theorist" and "Exercise those Perspectives" boxes bring theorizing to life by encouraging students to approach situations as a theorist and from multiple perspectives
  • A new chapter exploring organizational identity through the author's extensive research at the Carlsberg Group demonstrates how core concepts are practically applied in reality by an organization theorist
  • 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
  • More diagrams, images, and color make this edition more accessible and engaging than ever before

About the Author(s)

Mary Jo Hatch is the C. Coleman McGehee Eminent Scholars Research Professor of Banking and Commerce, Emerita, at the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia. Her research has been published in the Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Academy of Management Review, European Journal of Marketing, Human Relations, and Strategic Organization.

Previous Publication Date(s)

April 2013
November 2012
February 1997


"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

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

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

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