Reading Organization Theory: A Critical Approach to the Study of Organizational Behaviour and Structure, Third Edition

By Albert J. Mills, Tony Simmons, and Jean C. Helms Mills

© 2005

First published in 1994, Reading Organization Theory has established itself as a pre-eminent text in its field. This new edition brings current research in mainstream and critical approaches to the discipline fully up to date, with new case studies plus web-based resources. Previous editions have been widely used in colleges and universities in Canada, the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, and elsewhere, and this third edition of Reading Organization Theory will find an ongoing and enthusiastic readership amongst all who are concerned with the challenging and essential task of rethinking organizations in the twenty-first century.

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First published in 1994, Reading Organization Theory has established itself as a pre-eminent text in its field.

Reading Organization Theory: A Critical Approach to the Study of Organizational Behaviour and Structure, Third Edition

By Albert J. Mills, Tony Simmons, and Jean C. Helms Mills

© 2005

First published in 1994, Reading Organization Theory has established itself as a pre-eminent text in its field. This new edition brings current research in mainstream and critical approaches to the discipline fully up to date, with new case studies plus web-based resources. Previous editions have been widely used in colleges and universities in Canada, the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, and elsewhere, and this third edition of Reading Organization Theory will find an ongoing and enthusiastic readership amongst all who are concerned with the challenging and essential task of rethinking organizations in the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.7in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Albert J. Mills is Director of the PhD (Management) program and Professor of Management at the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary's University, Nova Scotia, Canada. His twelve books include (with T. Simmons) Reading Organization Theory: A Critical Approach, third edition (Broadview Press, 2004) and Sex, Strategy and the Stratosphere: The Gendering of Airline Cultures (Palgrave, 2006).



    Tony Simmons is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Global and Social Analysis at Athabasca University.



    Jean C. Helms Mills is Associate Professor of Management at the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary's University. She has researched and written extensively on gender and the culture of organizations and is the author and editor of five books.

  • Table of contents


    Chapter 1: Developing a Critical Approach to Organizational Study

    Alice in Organization Land

    Organizational Study and the Neglect of Class, Gender, and Race/Ethnicity
    Why Study Organizations? Getting Interested
    Outlining a Critical Approach

    Chapter 2: Understanding Bureaucracies: The Age of the Organizational Giants

    The Dark Side of Bureaucracy 

    Living in a Bureaucratic Wonderland
    What is Bureaucracy?
    The Birth of Bureaucracy in Classical Organization Theory
    The Bureaucratic Image: The Organization as Machine
    Debating the Bureaucracy: Dilemmas of Modern Organization Theory
    Standing in the Shadows: Bureaucracies and Minority Groups

    Chapter 3: Calling the Shots: How Theories of Organization Relate to Managers

    Speedy Taylor and Management Theorizing

    The Visible Hand: Big Business and the Managerial Revolution
    Reading Between the Lines: Management Theory and Class Struggle
    The Periodization of Theory and the Illusion of Progress: The Case of Scientific Management
    Management in Practice: What Managers Really Do

    Chapter 4: Creating the Psychic Prison

    Work and Identity: An Interview With Sharon Webb

    Psychic Phenomena and Organizational Behaviour
    Images of the Psychic Prison
    Summary

    Chapter 5: Sex and Organizational Analysis

    Sex, Power and Abuse at Abu Ghraib Prison 

    Sex and Organizational Life
    Sex and Academia
    Sex and Organizational Research
    Issues in Sex and Organizational Research
    Women's Advancement and the Struggle for Equity

    Chapter 6: Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Race, Ethnicity and Organization Theory

    October 29th, 2003 Former boxer seeks apology, compensation from Halifax police for discrimination

    The Politicalization of Race and Ethnic Relations
    Race and Ethnic Relations in Organizational Theory
    The Ethnicity Paradigm
    What Does the Future Hold?

    Chapter 7: Knowledge and Power in Theories of Organization

    The Organizational World and the Managerial Paradigm

    From Paradigm to Discourse: Understanding the Managerialist Dominance of OT and OB
    Inside the Managerialist View of Reality
    What is to be Done? The Challenge and Limitation of Radical Theories of Organization

    Integrated Case: The Westray Mine Explosion

    One Miner's Tale
    A Snapshot of Mining in Pictou County
    Politics and Big Guns
    Rules of the Game
    Training at Westray
    The Union Drive
    A Day in the Life
    Disaster and After
    The Search for Truth
    Epilogue

    The Westray Mine Explosion: Teaching Note

    Appendix 1: Key Players
    Appendix 2: Resource List
    Appendix 3: Industry note 
    Westray: A Critical Approach

    For Your Eyes Only

    A Career Decision
    The Nature of Employment
    The Dancers
    FYEO Expansion?

    Glossary of Terms
    Bibliography 
    Index  

     

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