For Positivist Organization Theory
- Lex Donaldson - Australian School of Business, Australia, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Business & Management (General) | Organization Studies (General)
This stimulating volume challenges these views, arguing instead that managerial decisions are determined by the situation and serve the interests of the whole organization. Showing that organizations follow laws which generalize across organizations of many different kinds in many different national cultures, the book rejects the model of organizational configurations or types.
The author offers a critical assessment of leading organization theorists such as Henry Mintzberg, John Child, Michael Hannan and Danny Miller - and also of the satirist Northcote Parkinson.
`Organizations need to develop learning strategies to survive and develop in increasingly uncertain and changing markets. In this book, researchers from both Europe and the United States explore theories of strategic management and organzational behaviour to establish a link between learning processes and competitive advantage, within a variety of organizational settings. The book is organized in three main parts: learning processes and competitive advantages; organizational learning and strategic capability; and strategic change and organizational learning. Charts and tables clarify the theories and an excellent bibliography completes the work' - International Review of Administrative Sciences