The Sociology of Organizations
Classic, Contemporary, and Critical Readings
- Michael J Handel - Northeastern University
Sociology of Organizations, Institutions & Structure
This volume of primary readings and overview essays provides a comprehensive introduction to the sociology of organizations. The readings represent a wide range of theoretical perspectives and substantive topics. Most readings are either classics in the field or works that are widely used and cited. In clear prose the section introductions explain key terms and concepts, provide illustrations, and summarize debates and related research in a brief overview essay. The completeness of the section introductions means this book can be used as either a supplementary reader or as a stand-alone text.
good book. fundamental to the study of organizations. accessible and easy to understand. well organized.
Excellent book will use again next semester. Only problem is students are complaining about the cost.
A useful text to assist students in meeting module learning outcomes. Helpful chapters on heirarchies, Fordism & post-fordism, Taylorism and cultures supports learning. The section on democratic alternatives and local government structure further supports learning and provides background to the emergence of mutuals in social care settings.
A collection of classic and 'must-read' articles about organisations, for a non-sociologist teaching management and organisational theory, this text is eye-opening and informative - it offers a new perspective to the world of management and organisations that will certainly help transform my teaching and my students' learning.
Handel has edited a book with the most important readings of organisational theory in such a way that it is the right material for first year undergraduates to learn about the theories and their existence, through the introductions, but made it also a classical handbook which have to be found in the shelves of every teacher lecturing organisational theory courses.
I think this is a great handbook and I use some articles from it in my courses but the cost is prohibitive for an undergraduate course. If it was less expensive I would use as a required text (I do use as a recommended text).