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Creative Organization Theory
A Resourcebook

First Edition

Other Titles in:
Organizational Theory

April 1989 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Gareth Morgan believes that examining organizations and management should be interesting, creative, practical, challenging and directly relevant to the needs of both the organization and the researcher. In an ingenious selection of organizational `stories', Morgan presents unique insights drawn from actual corporate (as well as non-profit, public and institutional) experience. These examples illustrate both organizational successes and failures - because we can learn from both. They are interwoven with excerpts from many of the `classics' in organizational literature. His aptly-named `Mindstretchers' entice readers to expand their personal repertoires of approaches to the understanding of, and solutions to, organizational problems and challenges, followed by cases and exercises that challenge us to view organizations in new ways.
 
PART ONE: MINDSTRETCHERS
 
Flexibility and Intelligence
 
What is This?
 
The Need for a Tool Chest
 
Framing and Reframing
Seeing the Same Situation in Different Ways

 
 
What is This?
 
Using Your `Right Brain'
 
We Learn How to See
 
What is a Paintbrush?
 
What is Truth?
 
Different Assumptions and Organizing Principles Generate Different Designs
 
Developing Multiple Interpretations
 
Understanding Different Viewpoints
 
Escaping From Dominant Ideas
 
Interpreting Patterns, Boundaries and Constraints
 
What is an Organization?
 
Viewing Your Organization as if You Are a Visitor from a Foreign Land
 
Where's The Customer
 
Some Thought Patterns
 
Today's Solutions Shape Tomorrow's Problems
 
Mindstretchers -- Ideas and Solutions
 
PART TWO: READINGS, STORIES AND OTHER RESOURCES
 
The Evolution of Organization Theory
 
Max Weber's Concept of Bureaucracy
 
Taylor, Schmidt and Scientific Management
 
How to Kill Creativity
 
Working Under Mechanized Systems of Production
 
Computers and the Mechanization of Intellectual Work
 
From Bureaucracies to Networks
The Emergence of New Organizational Forms

 
 
Organization Design
An Information Processing Perspective

 
 
Organizational Technologies
 
Organizational Environments
 
The Emergence of Turbulent Environments
 
The Contingency Approach
Analyzing Relations Between Organization and Environment

 
 
Differentiation and Integration
One of the Paradoxes of Management

 
 
Collective Strategy
The Management of Interorganizational Relations

 
 
Tit for Tat
A Strategy for Cooperation and Survival

 
 
Organization and Environment
Adaptation or Selection

 
 
Do Organizations `Enact' Their Environments?
 
Organizational Growth and Development
 
Just in Time Systems of Management
 
Japanese Management
The Art of Self-Regulation

 
 
The Challenger Disaster
A Case of Discouraged Feedback?

 
 
Information and Misinformation
Some Unintended Consequences of Performance Controls

 
 
Collaboration and Control
 
Peopleless Factories
 
Peopleless Offices
 
Team-Based Manufacturing
Digital Tries the Bossless System

 
 
Growing Large While Staying Small
 
Organizational Learning
 
Innovating Organizations
The Case of 3M

 
 
Culture
A Complex and Subtle Language

 
 
Corporate Culture and Core Values
 
Corporate Culture
The Role of Stories

 
 
Transformational Leadership
 
The Tandem Corporation
A Successful Corporate Culture?

 
 
ServiceMaster
Combining Vision and Control

 
 
Life on the Fast Lane at Datsun
 
Apple Computer and the Politics of Change
 
Politics at Work
 
Some Sources of Organizational Conflict
 
A Perspective on Conflict Management
 
Decision-Making in Conflict Situations
 
Managing Intergroup Conflict
 
Rational for Whom?
 
Powerless Power?
 
Gender and Corporate Politics
 
Game-Playing and the Psychodynamics of Organizational Life
 
Groupthink
The Problems of Conformity

 
 
Some Unconscious Aspects of Organization
 
The Destructive Side of Technological Development
 
Unfolding Contradictions
 
The Bhopal Disaster
 
`Hooked' on Work
 
The Not-Enough World of Work
 
PART THREE: CASES AND EXERCISES
 
American Football
A Case of Mechanistic Organization?

 
 
arlie Chaplin's
 
Modern Times
 
Eagle Smelting
 
A Visit to McDonald's
 
Judging the Degree of Fit Between Organization and Environment
 
The Paradoxical Twins
Acme & Omega Electronics

 
 
Scholar Educational Products Inc.
 
The Changing Structure of Financial Services
 
Organizations Often Obstruct Learning
 
Product X
 
Arnold
The Paradox of Creativity

 
 
Understanding the Culture of Your Organization
 
Perfection or Bust
 
The Creation and Destruction of the Order of Maria Theresa
 
Sink or Swim
Reflections on a Corporate Training Program

 
 
The Nomizu Sake Company
 
The University as a Political System
 
The Fortress Insurance Company
 
Rainbow Financial Services
 
Global Inc
A Roleplay

 
 
How Politicized is Your Organization?
 
Pluralist Management
 
Meetings, Meetings, Meetings
 
The Sunnyvale Youth Centre
 
Conflict at Riverside
 
The Handgrenade
 
Jersey Packers
 
The Department of Information Services
 
Quality Co-Op
 
Who Builds the Dillworth Extension?
 
The Lakeside Literary Magazine
 
A New Direction for the Upstage Theatre
 
Tipdale Engineering
 
Visibility, Autonomy, Relevance and Relationships
Four Factors Shaping Power and Influence

 
 
Final Offer
 
Problems in the Machine Shop
 
Profit and Organizations
A Story of Exploitation?

 

This book has been an eye opener, good book to have and use.

Mrs Tawa Edwards
Year 0, Greenwich School of Management
May 15, 2014

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