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Understanding Organizations

Understanding Organizations
Theories and Images

  • Udo Staber - University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
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March 2013 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Understanding Organizations: Theories and Images introduces students to the key principles of understanding, designing, and managing organizations in an accessible and practical way. The book provides a conceptual toolkit containing the essential models, theories and concepts needed for working in, managing and evaluating organizations.

 Key Features:

  • Insightful anecdotes discuss how for- and not-for profit organizations fit within our current society from a social and economic perspective.
  • Theoretical framework and multi-perspective approach focuses on economics, institutionalism and evolution theory highlighting the relationship between organizations, employees and the broader society.
  • Research-focused approach analyses organizational phenomena in light of recent studies.

This textbook is ideal for undergraduates and postgraduates studying general management, organizational theory, organizational design, and organizational sociology.

Introduction: Organizations Matter
Theorizing Organizations
Contexts and Environments
Space and Spatiality
Time and Temporality
Structure and Structuring
Knowledge and Understanding
Conclusion: Private Problems and Public Issues


Well-constructed, well-written & insightful, this book is a key text for any students interested in how organisations work. Wide-ranging in its research, but doesn't suffer from shallowness of analysis to which such a scope sometimes tends.

Dr Jamie Brassett
MA Innovation Management, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design
October 24, 2013

I recommend this book for adoption. It is a good book for students

Mr Ibrahim Zubairu
Finance and Economics, Lincoln University
September 27, 2013

Excellent introduction to key concepts and theories that underpin different interpretations of 'organisations'.

Mr Robin Miller
Health Services Management Centre, Birmingham University
July 8, 2013

This text offers a thorough examination of organisations. For those who think they are relying too much on Morgan's classic this is a good alternative text.

Mr Manuel Hernandez
Mass Communications , Wolverhampton University
June 17, 2013

This book will be invaluable as a resource to offer detailed cases to the class, I will certainly use it for this purpose as it brings to life the key concepts covered in my course.

Ms Victoria Pagan
Business School, Newcastle University
May 15, 2013

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