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Organization Theory

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 Organization Theory
 
Challenges and Perspectives
John McAuley, Joanne Duberley and Phil Johnson
 
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This book is, to my knowledge, the most comprehensive and reliable guide to organisationaltheory currently available. What is needed is a text that will give a good idea of the breadthand complexity of this important subject, and this is precisely what McAuley, Duberley and Johnson have provided. They have done some sterling service in bringing together the verydiverse strands of work that today qualify as constituting the subject of organisational the-ory. Whilst their writing is accessible and engaging, their approach is scholarly and serious.Itis so easy for students (and indeed others who should know better) to trivialize this veryproblematic and challenging subject. This is not the case with the present book. This is abook that deserves to achieve a wide readership.
Professor Stephen Ackroyd, Lancaster University, UK
This new textbook usefully situates organization theory within the scholarly debates onmodernism and postmodernism, and provides an advancedintroduction to the heteroge-neous study of organizations, including chapters on phenomenology, critical theory and psy-choanalysis.Like all good textbooks, the book is accessible, wellresearchedandreadersareencouragedtoview chapters asa starting point for getting to grips withthe field of organization theory.
Dr Martin Brigham, Lancaster University, UK
McAuley
et al.
provide a highly readable account of ideas, perspectives and practices of organization. By thoroughly explaining, analyzing and exploring organization theory thebook increases the understanding of a field that in recent years has become ever more frag-mented. Organization theory is central to managing, organizing and reflecting on both for-mal and informal structures, and in this respect you will find this book timely, interestingand valuable.
Peter Holdt Christensen, Associate Professor,Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
McAuley
et al.
’sbook is thought-provoking, witty and highly relevant for understandingcontemporary organizational dilemmas. The book engages in an imaginative way with awealth of organizational concepts and theories as well as provides insightful examples fromthe practical world of organizations. The authors’ sound scholarship and transparent styleofwriting set the book apart, making it an ingenious read which invites reflexivity, critical-ness and plurality of opinion from the audience. This is a book that will become a classic inorganization studies.
Mihaela L. Kelemen, Professor of Management Studies,Keele University, UK
An unusually rich and deep philosophical book on organization theory with several newthinkers and ideas. Pedagogically a well-structured book with many clear learning objectives,cases, examples and good summaries for every chapter.
Professor Martin Lindell, Hanken Business School, SwedishSchool of Economics and Business Administration, Finland 
This book makes it easier to understand the current stand of organization theory. Istronglyrecommend it to anyone seriously interested in the different intellectual traditions that con-tribute to our understanding of organizations.
Professor Tomas Müllern, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden
 
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McAuley, Duberley and Johnson’s
Organizational Theory
takes you on a joyful ride throughthe developments of one of the great enigmas of our time – How should we understand theorganization?
 Jan Ole Similä, Assistant Professor, Nord-Trøndelag University College, Norway
I really enjoyed this new text and I am sure my students will enjoy it, too. It combines rigor-ous theoretical argument with application and consideration of how managment practice isformed and shaped by ideas and concepts. The authors have brought their wealth of experi-ence and understanding and provided the field with an imaginative resource to address thedynamics between theory and practice.
Dr Susanne Tietze, Bradford University, UK
The key to success for managers is not only to be result oriented but also to be wise in theirdecision making. This requires that they have a deeper than superficial understanding of man-agement and organization issues. McAuley
et al.
helps student and managers understandorganizational performance without having to go through extensive reading. It deepens theirunderstanding of issues with which they are confronted in practice, by putting them into alarger context. This book really helps students and managers to become wiser.
Professor René Tissen, Nyenrode Business University, The Netherlands
This book will appeal to the student who seeks a thorough and critical understanding of organization theory. It is both rigorous and accessible, clearly and unashamedly pitched forreaders who wish to engage with theoretical issues whilst also maintaining a practical focuson why organization theory matters. I felt in good hands here, confident that I was beingoffered a deeply informed, reliable and intelligently constructed account. The opening chap-ter carefully and helpfully explains terms, including ‘theory’ and ‘epistemology’ that canform an unexplored bedrock to texts in the field. It then offers thoughtful, scholarly andwell-illustrated discussions of prominent theoretical perspective, including managerialismand postmodernity, supported by specified learning outcomes and guides to further reading.
Dr Paul Tosey, University of Surrey, UK
The field of organization theory is extremely fragmented and there is no agreement concerningthe underlying theoretical dimensions nor methodological approach to beemployed. With therecognition of different approaches to organization theory, there is a widely perceived need tobring some order to the field. This textbook offers a well-integrated synthesis of approaches toorganization theory. It will be welcomed by organization theory scholars and reflective practi-tioners and is a valuablecompanion for scholars and students of organization theory.
Henk W. Volberda, Chair of the Department of Strategic Management & BusinessEnvironment and Vice-Dean of the RSM Erasmus University, Netherlands
At last, a text that brings organization theory into the 21st century!This is the firstorganiza-tion theory textbook to provide full and informed coverageof a range of contemporary devel-opments inthe field. Notably, it includes diversecontributions to organization theory madebycritical management studies. It really is pathbreaking in terms of its inclusion of materialthat does not appear in other texts.
Professor Hugh Willmott, Cardiff Business School, UK
This is one of the most up-to-date and comprehensive texts in the field of organization studies. Ittakes the reader through different perspectives and various topics on management and organiz-ing, discussing these in some depth and detail. It offers a historically grounded, critical-reflexiveapproach to studying organizations that will prove to be extremely helpful guidance to students.
Dr Sierk Ybema, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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