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The Sociology of Organizations

An Anthology of Contemporary Theory and Research

Amy S. Wharton

Publication Date - July 2006

ISBN: 9780195330700

538 pages
7 x 10 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $164.99

"The selections complement each other superbly, [and] the theory and research are intellectually stimulating and cutting-edge."--Matthew Archibald, Emory University


Wharton's anthology provides an overview of contemporary theory and research in the sociology of organizations. Three features of this book are particularly distinctive:

* An emphasis on sociological content: Although the readings reflect the multidisciplinarity and breadth of the organizations area, this anthology gives primary emphasis to selections with sociological content. Hence, the book should have strong appeal to instructors and students seeking a sociological understanding of organizations.

* Attention to contemporary theory and research: A unique feature of this anthology is its attention to contemporary theory and research on organizations. At the same time, Wharton grounds the book in the "modern classics." The readings reveal how organizational sociology contributes to our understanding of key social and economic issues, such as diversity, globalization, and the environment.

* Comprehensive, research-based, and methodologically diverse: The book is comprehensive in its coverage of topics, levels of analysis, and methodological approaches.

Topics covered include:
* Conceptions of organizations
* Organizational structure
* Historical development of the capitalist firm
* Nonprofits and alternative organizational forms
* Organizational culture
* Organizational demography and social networks
* Environments and organizational change

Introductions to each section identify and explain central issues, key concepts, and relationships among topics.


"There are a number of strengths to recommend in this anthology. First, the selections complement each other superbly. Second, the theory and research are intellectually stimulating and cutting-edge. Third, the variety of empirical approaches--from historical to ethnographic to survey research--are fascinating in their own right. Fourth, the eight topical sections encompass a rich variety of sub-themes while providing a broad orientation and structure for students."--Matthew Archibald, Emory University

Table of Contents

    Part I: Understanding Organizations
    A. Foundations of Contemporary Organizational Sociology
    Chapter 1: Reflections on a Half-Century of Organizational Sociology, W. Richard Scott
    Chapter 2: Markets, Bureaucracies, and Clans, William G. Ouchi
    Chapter 3: Why Bureaucracy?, Charles Perrow
    Chapter 4: The Social Structure of Managerial Work, Robert Jackall
    Chapter 5: Institutionalized Organizations: Formal Structure as Myth and Ceremony, John W. Meyer and Brian Rowan
    B. Varieties of Organizations
    Chapter 6: Organizing America: Wealth, Power, and the Origins of Corporate Capitalism, Charles Perrow
    Chapter 7: Bureaucracy and Democracy in Organizations: Revisiting Feminist Organizations, Catherine Alter
    Chapter 8: Nonprofit Organizations in International Development: Agents of Empowerment or Preservers of Stability?, Brian H. Smith
    Chapter 9: Homophily in Voluntary Organizations: Status Distance and the Composition of Face-to-Face Groups, J. Miller McPherson and Lynn Smith-Lovin
    Chapter 10: Democratizing Rural Economy: Institutional Friction, Sustainable Struggle and the Cooperative Movement, Patrick H. Mooney
    Part II: Inside Organizations
    A. Culture and Control
    Chapter 11: Boundary Control: The Social Ordering of Work and Family Time in a High-tech Corporation, Leslie A. Perlow
    Chapter 12: An Alternative to Bureaucratic Impersonality and Emotional Labor: Bounded Emotionality at The Body Shop, Joanne Martin, Kathleen Knopoff, and Christine Beckman
    Chapter 13: Maintaining Norms About Expressed Emotions: The Case of Bill Collectors, Robert I. Sutton
    Chapter 14: Metaphors and Meaning: An Intercultural Analysis of the Concept of Teamwork, Cristina B. Gibson and Mary E. Zellmer-Bruhn
    Chapter 15: Beach Time, Bridge Time, and Billable Hours: The Temporal Structure of Technical Contracting, James A. Evans, Gideon Kunda, and Stephen R. Barley
    B. Power and Conflict
    Chapter 16: Covert Political Conflict in Organizations: Challenges from Below, Calvin Morrill, Mayer N. Zald, and Hayagreeva Rao
    Chapter 17: A Social Movement Perspective on Corporate Control, Gerald F. Davis and Tracy A. Thompson
    Chapter 18: Two Faces of the Powerless: Coping With Tyranny in Organizations, Robert J. Bies and Thomas M. Tripp
    Chapter 19: When Cymbals Become Symbols: Conflict Over Organizational Identity within a Symphony Orchestra, Mary Ann Glynn
    C. Demography, Inequality, and Social Networks
    Chapter 20: Cultural Diversity at Work: The Effects of Diversity Perspectives on Work Group Processes and Outcomes, Robin J. Ely and David A. Thomas
    Chapter 21: Race, Opportunity, and Diversity of Social Circles in Managerial Networks, Herminia Ibarra
    Chapter 22: The Effects of Organizational Demographics and Social Identity on Relationships Among Professional Women, Robin J. Ely
    Chapter 23: (In)Voluntary Association: A Multilevel Analysis of Gender Segregation in Voluntary Organizations, Pamela A. Popielarz
    Part III: Organizations and Environments
    A. The Creation of Organizational Forms
    Chapter 24: The Iron Cage Revisited: Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organizational Fields, Paul J. DiMaggio and Walter W. Powell
    Chapter 25: The Demographic Perspective, Glenn R. Carroll and Michael T. Hannan
    Chapter 26: Caveat Emptor: The Construction of Nonprofit Consumer Watchdog Organizations, Hayagreeva Rao
    B. Studies of Organizational Adaptation and Change
    Chapter 27: Autonomy, Interdependence, and Social Control: NASA and the Space Shuttle Challenger, Diane Vaughan
    Chapter 28: Institutional Pressures and Strategic Responsiveness: Employer Involvement in Work-Family Issues, Jerry D. Goodstein
    Chapter 29: Breaking the Iron Law of Oligarchy: Union Revitalization in the American Labor Movement, Kim Voss and Rachel Sherman
    Chapter 30: Institutional Sources of Practice Variation: Staffing College and University Recycling Programs, Michael Lounsbury
    C. The Twenty-First Century Organization
    Chapter 31: The Capitalist Firm in the Twenty-First Century: Emerging Patterns in Western Enterprise, Walter W. Powell
    Chapter 32: Corporations, Classes, and Social Movements After Managerialism, Gerald F. Davis and Doug McAdam

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