Classic Organisational Theory


Module 1 Classical Organisation Theory

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Module 2 Neoclassical Organisation Theory

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Module 3 Human Resource Theory, or the Organisational Behaviour Perspective

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Module 4 “Modern Structural Organisation Theory

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Module 5 Systems Theory and Organisational Economics

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Classics of Organisation Theory

Module 1

Classical Organisation Theory:

  • Socrates Discovers Generic Management: Xenophon (1869)
  • Of the Division of Labour: Adam Smith (1776)
  • Superintendent's Report: Daniel C. McCallum (1856)
  • The Engineer as Economist: Henry R. Towne (1886)
  • Bureaucracy: Max-Weber-(1922)
  • Notes on the Theory of Organisation: Luther Gulick (1937)


Module 2

Neoclassical Organisation Theory:

  • The Economy of Incentives: Chester I. Barnard (1938)
  • Bureaucratic Structure and Personality: Robert K. Merton (1957)
  • The Proverbs of Administration: Herbert A. Simon (1946)
  • Foundations of the Theory of Organisation: Philip Selznick (1948)
  • A Behavioural Theory of Organisational Objectives: Richard. Cyert & James G. March (1959)


Module 3

Human Resource Theory, or the Organisational Behaviour Perspective:

  • The Giving of Orders: Mary Parker Follett (1926)
  • The Hawthorne Experiments: Fritz]' Roethlisberger ( 1941)
  • A Theory of Human Motivation: Abraham H. Maslow (1943)
  • The Human Side of Enterprise: Douglas Murray McGregor (1957)
  • Groupthink: The Desperate Drive for Consensus at Any Cost: Irving L. Janis (1971)
  • The Dark Side of the New Organisational Forms: Bart Victor & Carroll Stephens (1994)


Module 5

"Modern" Structural Organisation Theory:

  • Mechanistic and Organic Systems: Tom Burns & G. M. Stalker (1961)
  • The Concept of Formal Organisation: Peter M. Blau & W. Richard Scott (1962)
  • Organisational Choice: Product versus Function: Arthur H. Walker & Jay W. Lorsch (1968)
  • The Five Basic Parts of the Organisation: Henry Mintzberg (1979)
  • In Praise of Hierarchy: Elliott Jaques (1990)


Module 6

Systems Theory and Organisational Economics:

  • Organisation Theory: An Overview and an Appraisal: William G. Scott (1961)
  • Organisations and the System Concept: Daniel Katz & Robert L. Kahn (1966)
  • Organisations in Action: James D. Thompson ( 1967)
  • Theory of the Firm: Managerial Behavior, Agency Costs and Ownership Structure: Michael C. Jensen & William H. Meckling (1976)
  • Learning from Organisational Economics: Jay B. Barney & William G. Ouchi (1986)
  • Managing Business Transactions: Paul. Rubin (1990)


Module 7

Power and Politics Organisation Theory:

  • Understanding the Role of Power in Decision Making: Jeffrey Pfeffer (1981)
  • The Bases of Social Power: John R. P. French Jr. & Bertram Raven (1959)
  • The Power of Power: James G. March (1966)
  • Power Failure in Management Circuits: Rosabeth Moss Kanter (1979)
  • The Power Game and the Players: Henry Mintzberg ( 1983 )


Module 8

Organisational Culture and Sense Making:

  • Defining Organisational Culture: Edgar H. Schein (1993)
  • Surprise and Sense Making: What Newcomers Experience in Entering Unfamiliar Organisational Settings: Meryl Reis Louis ( 1980)
  • Gendering Organisational Theory: Joan Acker (1992)
  • Culture and Organisational Learning: Scott D. N. Cook & Dvora Yanow ( 1993 )
  • Changing Organisational Cultures: Harrison M. Trice & Janice M. Beyer (1993)


Module 9

Organisational Culture Reform Movements:

  • The Z Organisation: William G. Ouchi (1981)
  • In Search of Excellence: Simultaneous Loose-Tight Properties: Thomas]. Peters & Robert. Waterman Jr. (1982)
  • The Fifth Discipline: A Shift of Mind: Peter M. Senge (1990)
  • Creating a Government that Works Better & Costs Less: Report of the National Performance Review: Vice President Al Gore ( 1993 )


Module 10

Postmodernism and the Information Age:

  • Postmodern Thought in a Nutshell: Where Art and Science Come Together: William Bergquist (1993)
  • Reengineering the Corporation: The Enabling Role of Information Technology: Michael Hammer & James Champy (1993)
  • Articulation of Communication Technology and Organisational Form: Janet Fulk & Gerardine DeSanctis (1999)
  • Technology as a Contingency Factor: Richard M. Burton & Borge Obel ( 1998)
  • Recommendation Systems: Decision Support for the Information Economy: Edward A. Stohr & Sivakumar Viswanathan (1999)