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Management and Organization Theory: A Jossey-Bass Reader

ISBN: 978-1-118-00895-9
480 pages
February 2012, ©2012, Jossey-Bass
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Management and Organization Theory offers a summary and analysis of the 40 most popular, researched, and applied management and organization theories. This important resource includes key instruments used to measure variables in each theory and examines pertinent questions about the theory: strengths and weaknesses, practical applications, and the seminal articles published on each theory.

"This is a remarkable book. Jeffrey Miles clearly explains and synthesizes 40 major theories of management and organization in an easily accessible and engaging style. Well researched, comprehensive in its coverage, thorough, balanced, and fair in its analyses of theories, the book is destined to be a major authoritative reference in the field. It is one of the most readable, informative, and useful books I have read. I strongly recommend it." —Shaker A. Zahra, department chair, Robert E. Buuck Chair, and professor, Strategic Management and Organizations Department, University of Minnesota

"This book provides a terrific advantage to any student or manager seeking to grasp the fundamental concepts that explain organizations and the behavior of people within them."—Richard L. Daft, author, The Executive and the Elephant: A Leader's Guide to Building Inner Excellence; and the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Professor of Management, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University

"An easy-to-read summary of some of the most critical theories in the field of management—theories that have implications not just for scholars, but for practicing managers as well." —Jay Barney, professor of management and human resources, and Chase Chair for Excellence in Corporate Strategy, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University

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Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

1 Absorptive Capacity Theory 17

2 Actor-Network Theory 25

3 Agency Theory 33

4 Agenda Setting Theory 41

5 Attachment Theory 49

6 Attribution Theory 57

7 Balance Theory 65

8 Control Theory 73

9 Diffusion of Innovations Theory 81

10 Dynamic Capabilities Theory 89

11 Effi cient Market Theory 97

12 Ethical Theory 105

13 Field Theory 113

14 Game Theory 121

15 Goal Setting Theory 129

16 Image Theory 137

17 Institutional Theory 145

18 Knowledge-Based Theory 153

19 Media Richness Theory 161

20 Mental Models Theory 169

21 Organizational Ecology Theory 177

22 Organizational Justice Theory 185

23 Planned Behavior Theory 193

24 Prospect Theory 201

25 Psychological Contract Theory 209

26 Resource-Based Theory 217

27 Role Theory 225

28 Self-Determination Theory 233

29 Sensemaking Theory 241

30 Social Capital Theory 249

31 Social Cognitive Theory 257

32 Social Comparison Theory 265

33 Social Exchange Theory 273

34 Social Facilitation Theory 281

35 Social Identity Theory 289

36 Social Network Theory 297

37 Stakeholder Theory 305

38 Structural Contingency Theory 313

39 Structuration Theory 321

40 Transaction Cost Theory 329

Conclusion 337

References 353

Name Index 429

Subject Index 447

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Jeffrey A. Miles is a professor of management and organizational behavior in the Eberhardt School of Business at University of the Pacific, where he teaches management, organizational behavior, human resources, labor relations, and organizational communication.

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