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Industrial Organization : Theory and Practice - Joan Woodward

Industrial Organization

Theory and Practice

Paperback Published: 1st July 1994
ISBN: 9780198741220
Number Of Pages: 326

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Industrial Organization: Theory and Practice has rightly been described as a "classic" in the history of organizational theory. First published in 1965 it was a major contribution to the development of contingency theory and our understanding of the relationship between technology and organizations.
The book stood in marked contrast to the traditions of scientific management. Combining detailed empirical research and a pioneering analytical framework it suggested that technology and production systems played a crucial role in shaping effective organizational structures. In doing so Joan Woodward offered lasting insights into issues of levels of hierarchy and spans of management control - issues that today might be discussed in terms of "delayering" and "process re-engineering."
Woodward's work was a springboard for much subsequent research and many of her specific observations have been widely debated and challenged. Yet, as Sandra Dawson and Dorothy Wedderburn write in their Introduction, "the main thesis of the book is well known...however, this is a book where to know its main thesis is no substitute for reading the book itself. Joan Woodward's ideas remain one of the cornerstones of our knowledge of our organizations."

`Woodward made a lasting contribution to the school of contingency theory ... Woodward's findings - notably that different types of production process had particular structures, management hierarchies, and "spans on control" ... remain relevant today ... Much of what she discovered has been incorporated into received management wisdom.' Financial Times

Preface to the First Editionp. v
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introduction Joan Woodward and the Development of Organization Theoryp. xiii
Bibliographyp. xxxvii
The Surveyp. 1
Aims and Methodsp. 3
Analysis of Organizationp. 17
Analysis of Technical Variablesp. 35
Technology, Organization, And Successp. 68
The Case Studiesp. 81
The Case Study Approachp. 83
The Anatomy of Organizationp. 96
Development, Production, And Marketingp. 125
The Planning and Control Of Productionp. 154
The Follow-Up Investigationsp. 183
Problems in Studying Changep. 185
The Effects of Changep. 209
Towards an Organization Theory, 1953-1963p. 241
Appendixesp. 259
Indexp. 275
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ISBN: 9780198741220
ISBN-10: 0198741227
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 326
Published: 1st July 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.44 x 13.77  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised