Styles of Organizing: The Will to Form

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In this book, leading organization theorist Gibson Burrell presents a provocative and challenging approach to the study of organizations, aiming to move beyond the two-dimensionality of much organizational thinking and present more complex 3-D models, which allow for the 'intractions' of apparently disparate perspectives. The book aims to illuminate organization theory by discussing its interrelationship with key features of economics, architecture, aesthetics,design of the built environment, and associated artwork. He argues that by their shared 'definitions', these areas of social science and the humanities are struggling with the same issue - 'the will to form'.The author suggests that, whilst there are a huge number of possibilities for the process of organizing, the constraints of the human body, our cognitive limitations in space and time, and our relationship to nature, mean that these are necessarily limited to an 'envelope' of possibilities. He then outlines the basic parameters of the 'design envelope', analysing it through discussion of 'styles', and examines the hidden assumptions of these styles with regards the origins and potentialities ofhuman knowledge. Burrell argues that the envelope of organizational, politico-economic, and architectural design possibilities may be seen as a cube, thus taking forward the geometrical notions of 'lines' of fight, 'points' of difference, and 'planes' of agreement to discuss the huge range of, andmassive constraints upon, human organizing that are reflected in the 'will to form'. Key differences in assumptions demarcate distinct 'styles of organizing' which every reader possesses - whether they are aware of them or not.
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ISBN-13: 9780199671625
ISBN-10: 0199671621
Pagini: 292
Ilustrații: 20 figures
Dimensiuni: 163 x 240 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.6 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP Oxford
Locul publicării: Oxford, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

Gibson Burrell is Professor of Organization Theory at Leicester and was Head of the School of Management from 2002-7. He was elected an Academician for the Social Sciences (AcSS) in 2005. Previously at the Universities of Essex, Warwick, and Lancaster, in each of which he undertook a number of administrative roles, he now teaches critical management perspectives at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has been a Visiting Fellow or Visiting Professor atUniversities in Australia, Poland, Sweden, the UK and the USA. His Sociological Paradigms and Organizational Analysis has been a seminal text for organization studies students for three decades.