Understanding Industrial Organizations: Theoretical Perspectives in Industrial Sociology
Understanding Industrial Organizations critically reviews the approaches developed by industrial sociologists to analyze industrial organizations. It outlines four general perspectives on organizations - systems thinking, contingency approach, the action approach and labour process for a more adequate sociology of organizations. The book provides a clear, relevant and important contribution to the sociology of organizations.
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... defined ' industrial sociology ' in much the same way as have most of its practitioners : that is pragmatically as a somewhat disparate and unintegrated collection of topics and questions centred on social relations in work ...
... definition is not particularly desirable or defensible . Indeed I shall argue both that greater coherence can be found for the study of many of the questions traditionally included in industrial sociology by taking the employment ...
... definition of the situation ' within studies which otherwise had a more conventional theoretical framework . Similarly , whilst there was research on the sociology of work which utilised struc- turalist Marxist ideas ( e.g. Willis 1977 ) ...
... defining a field of study ; it also makes it more likely that those studying industrial organisations , only one albeit an important context for work , will acknowledge the significance of the interrelations between employment and work ...
... defined their field of study . Although there seemed to be considerable agreement as to what industrial sociology was ' about ' , and this definition has not changed greatly since then , neither these early nor later surveys and ...
Context contingency and choice
Orientation and action
Labour power and the labour process
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Richard K. Brown
Limited preview - 1992