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Qualitative Studies of Organizations
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Qualitative Studies of Organizations

Edited by:
  • John Van Maanen - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA


September 1998 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The inaugural book in a new series sponsored by the Administrative Science Quarterly (ASQ) it is designed to focus and stimulate thinking on those areas of administrative science that have most profoundly shaped the development of organizational theory and behavior. In this volume, editor John Van Maanen selects and introduces the compendium of ASQ articles on qualitative research. Each article serves as an exemplar of well-written, substantively focused, and theoretically relevant qualitative research. As a group, the articles represent a broad range of research styles, methods, topics, and level of analysis. The studies are spread across four areas of research: organizational process, groups in organizations, organizational identity and change, and the societal and institutional environment. Organizations studied include factories, churches, universities, engineering groups, fisheries, voluntary organizations, basketball teams, pop music recording firms, and more. The authors of the works represent a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including sociology, political science, communication, management studies, and history.

Christine Oliver and Linda Johanson
Foreword
John Van Maanen
Different Strokes
Qualitative Research in the Administrative Science Quarterly from 1956 to 1996  
 
PART ONE: STUDIES OF ORGANIZATIONAL PROCESSES
R M Cyert,W R Dill and J G March
The Role of Expectations in Business Decision Making
Patricia A Adler and Peter Adler
Intense Loyalty in Organizations
A Case Study of College Athletics  
Ann Langley
In Search of Rationality
The Purposes behind the Use of Formal Analysis in Organizations  
 
PART TWO: STUDIES OF GROUPS IN ORGANIZATIONS
Robert E Cole
The Macropolitics of Organizational Change
A Comparative Analysis of the Spread of Small-Group Activities  
James R Barker
Tightening the Iron Cage
Concertive Control in Self-Managing Work Teams  
Robert P Gephart Jr
Status Degradation and Organizational Succession
An Ethnomethodological Approach  
 
PART THREE: STUDIES OF ORGANIZATIONAL IDENTITY AND CHANGE
Burton R Clark
The Organizational Saga in Higher Education
John Maniha and Charles Perrow
The Reluctant Organization and the Aggressive Environment
Mayer N Zald and Patricia Denton Wallace
From Evangelism to General Service
The Transformation of the YMCA  
Nicole Woolsey Biggart
The Creative-Destructive Process of Organizational Change
The Case of the Post Office  
 
PART FOUR: STUDIES OF THE SOCIETAL AND INSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENT
Paul M Hirsch
Organizational Effectiveness and the Institutional Environment
Reed E Nelson
Authority,Organization and Societal Context in Multinational Churches
Petter Holm
The Dynamics of Institutionalization
Transformation Processes in Norwegian Fisheries  

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