A Critical Approach
Incorporating a wealth of empirical research, Work Organizations successfully tackles the problem of how to apply controlled theories to an expanding and diversifying market. This unique approach illuminates the ways in which managers employ organisational theories from a global, sociological perspective.
A critical, in-depth, analytical analysis offering a distinctive perspective, this well respected, rigorous and authoritative text has been updated to include the latest international research and practice. The 4th edition includes new material on contemporary topics such as; performance management, emotional and aesthetic labour, resistance and misbehaviour at work, new developments in corporate structures and labour markets, and work life balance. There is a new chapter on knowledge and improved pedagogy, making it more student friendly, we have also developed a companion website to support both the student and lecturer. Incorporating a wealth of empirical research this unique approach puts organisations in a socio-economic context, and covers psychological material, as well as broader issues, and provides students with a thorough understanding of the nature of work and organisations.
List of Tables and Figures Acknowledgements Preface PART I: KEY ISSUES IN WORK AND ORGANIZATION Studying Organisations: An Introduction The Emergence of Large Scale Organizations Taylor, Weber and the Bureaucratisation of Production Managing the Human Factor Organisations and Environments Culture, Companies and Countries in a Globalising Era Management Control and Resistance Power in Organizations Gender, Sexuality and Organizations Corporations and Culture: Reinventing Organization Man? PART II: CONTEMPORARY CHANGES IN WORKING LIFE Introduction and Objectives The Bigger Picture: Society, Economy and Organizations Doing the Business: Hierarchies, Networks and the Governance of the Firm Labour in the Market: Flexible Futures? Work Systems and Divisions of Labour Knowledge and its Management Conclusions, Key Points and Further Reading for Part II PART III: UNDERSTANDING ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR: ISSUES AND AGENDAS Introduction Perception and Attitudes: Seeing What to Think Personality: Masks for Tasks Learning and Change Motivation: The Drive for Satisfaction Leadership: Might or Myth? Putting the Pressure on: Stress, Work, Well Being and Emotion From Groups to Teams Identity and Identity Work PART IV: THEORISING ORGANIZATIONS Introduction and Objectives Resources for Orthodoxy Critical Alternatives Theory, Knowledge and Practice Further Reading to Part IV Bibliography Name Index Subject Index